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Tua Tagovailoa back in NFL concussion protocol

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Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has entered the NFL’s concussion protocol, but Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel said it was too soon to say if the previous Alabama All-American would miss Sunday’s game.

McDaniel didn’t know for certain if Tagovailoa even had a concussion.

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“As much as I do know, he displayed symptoms, and so they enacted the protocol,” McDaniel said during his Monday afternoon press conference, “which is all that should occur before you, by the player’s health, undergo that whole process, as they need to, so it’s just a little early. Like I said, I only came upon a few hours ago.”

McDaniel said he couldn’t pinpoint when Tagovailoa might need been hurt. But after the quarterback met with members of the team’s medical staff on Monday, he was placed within the NFL’s concussion protocol.

The Dolphins lost to the Green Bay Packers 26-20 on Sunday. Miami led 20-10 in the primary half but had the sport get away from them as Green Bay intercepted Tagovailoa thrice within the fourth quarter.

If Tagovailoa can’t play on Sunday against the Latest England Patriots, Teddy Bridgewater would step in at quarterback for the Dolphins.

“It’s too soon to essentially tell,” McDaniel said. “You simply know any person goes within the protocol, you will have to be ready to essentially do whatever with that. Teddy will prepare as if he’s starting, and we’ll see where the week goes.”

This can be the third time this season that Tagovailoa has been within the protocol.

“It’s in regards to the human being and ensuring he’s squared away,” McDaniel said of the Tagovailoa’s current situation.

On Sept. 25, Tagovailoa left the sport against the Buffalo Bills with two minutes remaining in the primary half after hitting the back of his head on the bottom on a rougher-the-passer penalty. When Tagovailoa wobbled getting up, he went to the locker room.

But Tagovailoa was cleared from the NFL’s concussion protocol at halftime, returned for the second half and rallied Miami to a 21-19 victory. Tagovailoa said after the sport he had been wobbly because he hurt his back on a quarterback sneak earlier in the primary half.

4 days later within the NFL’s Thursday night game for Week 4, Tagovailoa again left the sector after a sack. But this time, he was taken off on a stretcher, and the evaluation didn’t send him back on the sector, but to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

After leaving in the primary half of the Dolphins’ 27-15 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, Tagovailoa missed two games. He returned on Oct. 23 and sparked a five-game winning streak for Miami.

However the Dolphins’ defeat on Sunday was Miami’s fourth loss in a row. With an 8-7 record, the Dolphins are clinging to the ultimate spot within the AFC playoffs.

Sunday’s game with Latest England probably will prove pivotal to Miami’s postseason probabilities. The Patriots are among the many five AFC teams with 7-8 records.

“That is something that we’ve all of our fortunes ahead of us,” McDaniel said. “It’s as much as us to decide on what we do with all of the past experiences, move on to the following game, which on this case is the Latest England Patriots, a division rival that they’ve undergone their set of circumstances as well.

“I believe they’re going to reply the way in which I’d hope, which is fully embrace the challenge and going after it, really, really attempting to rectify these past couple of experiences that we’ve had.”

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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.

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