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No protocol violations in latest Tagovailoa concussion case, NFL and NFLPA say


The joint review conducted by the NFL and the NFL Players Association found no violations of their protocols within the handling of Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s second diagnosed concussion this season.

The league and the players’ union said in a joint statement Saturday that their review “established that symptoms of a concussion were neither exhibited nor reported” until the day after the Dolphins’ game against the Green Bay Packers, “at which era the team medical personnel appropriately evaluated and placed Mr. Tagovailoa within the concussion protocol.”

Tagovailoa played the whole Christmas Day game in Miami Gardens, Fla. He may very well be seen on video hitting his head on the turf after being hit on a play. Dolphins Coach Mike McDaniel said Wednesday he’d advisable Monday, after reviewing video of the sport, that Tagovailoa seek the advice of with doctors. Tagovailoa was diagnosed with a concussion, McDaniel said Wednesday.

Backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is predicted to start out the Dolphins’ game Sunday against the Latest England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass., rather than Tagovailoa.

Tagovailoa missed two games in October after being diagnosed with a concussion. He was taken from the sphere on a stretcher and transported by ambulance to a close-by hospital after a success during a Sept. 29 game in Cincinnati. 4 days before that game, doctors had cleared Tagovailoa to return to a Sept. 25 game against the Buffalo Bills in Miami Gardens after the quarterback stumbled following a first-half hit.

The NFL and NFLPA conducted a previous joint review of that case. They concluded that their concussion protocols were followed “as written.” But in addition they acknowledged the consequence was “not what was intended,” and so they agreed to a modification to the protocols that eliminated an exception which allowed Tagovailoa to reenter the sport against the Bills.

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