Tua Tagovailoa: Miami Dolphins quarterback takes the field on a stretcher during game against Bengals



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Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was taken off the field on a stretcher after suffering head and neck injuries during Thursday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals — less than a week after being injured on another play.

Tagowailoa is conscious, has movement in all of his limbs, and was taken to a local hospital for evaluation, the team said in an update. He was released from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and is expected to return to Miami with the team tonight.

Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel confirmed Tagovailoa’s injury was nothing more than a concussion after the team’s 27-15 loss.

In the second quarter, Tagovailoa was sacked by Bengals defensive lineman Josh Dubow and lay motionless on the field for several minutes.

The entire Dolphins made their way onto the field as Tagovailoa was placed on a backboard and on a stretcher.

Bengals fans in attendance at Pacor Stadium in Cincinnati showed their respect for Tagovailo as he was carted off the field.

“It was a scary moment,” McDaniel said after the game. “He was assessed for a concussion and is in the concussion protocol … it was an emotional moment. It’s not part of a contract that anybody signs, even though you know it’s possible in football.

“All his teammates, myself, we were all very worried,” he added.

Dua Tagovailoa gets tested during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on September 29.

In a statement Thursday night, the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) said the health and safety of players is “at the center” of their work.

“Our concern tonight is for Dua, and we hope for a full and speedy recovery,” it said. “Our investigation into the potential ethics violation is ongoing.”

The incident comes just days after Tagovailoa suffered another head injury in a game against the Buffalo Bills last Sunday.

He was ejected from the game in the second quarter when his helmet hit the ground after a hit by linebacker Matt Milano. On her way back to the line of scrimmage, Tagovailova tripped and nearly lost her balance.

He was later tested for a concussion and released, and returned to the field in the third quarter.

Later, the NFLPA said The National Football League (NFL) wants to review the handling of Tagovailoa’s head injury.

The Dolphins later said Tagovailoa suffered a back injury, not a head injury.

Tagovailoa was listed as questionable before tonight’s game with a back injury.

On Thursday, McDaniel defended the team’s decision to play Tagowailoa despite the earlier injury, saying an independent doctor specializing in “brain stuff” had cleared him to play.

“For me, as long as I’m coaching here, I’m not going to fudge that whole situation — if there’s any possibility someone has a concussion, they go into the concussion protocol,” he said. “We’re not messing with it. As long as I’m never the head coach, it’s not an issue you have to worry about.

When asked if there was anything else the team could do after Tagovailo’s injury Sunday, McDaniel replied, “Absolutely not.”

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