During Thursday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was sacked in the second quarter, sustaining injuries to his head and neck. He was brought to a nearby hospital, treated, and eventually discharged.
After being taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, the Dolphins reported that he was alert and moving all of his limbs soon before halftime. Eventually, the 24-year-old was able to leave the hospital and return to South Florida with the rest of the squad, according to a source quoted by ESPN.
Tagovailoa was reportedly in excellent spirits after arriving back in South Florida on Friday. It is believed that was no structural damage found, and Tagovailoa, who wore a neck brace out of an abundance of caution, would undergo an MRI to rule out any more issues.
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Tagovailoa seemed to have acute arm weakness after being sacked by Bengals nose tackle Josh Tupou, who also appeared to have slammed Tagovailoa in the back of the head with the sack. About 10 minutes passed before he was brought off the field on a stretcher.
The National Football League has decided to release the results of its inquiry into whether or not the quarterback had a sufficient concussion exam before last week’s game against the Bills. Initial estimates suggested the evaluation would be finished within “a week or two from now,” but Tagovailoa’s concussion in Thursday night’s game against the Bengals has thrown those estimates into doubt.