Wants to make playoffs after latest concussion
It may not be up to him, but if the Dolphins make the playoffs, Tua Tagovailoa wants to return.
Tagovailoa missed Sunday’s game against the Patriots after suffering his second diagnosed concussion of the season, with Teddy Bridgewater starting in his place as the Dolphins tried to hold on to one of the last AFC playoff spots.
Despite worries about his short and long-term health due to yet another head injury, Tagovailoa wants to play again this season if the Dolphins reach the playoffs, Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported on Sunday.
“He would like to play this year if they make the playoffs,” Glazer said of Tagovailoa.
Tagovailoa played all of last Sunday’s game against the Packers, but during a Monday movie session, coach Mike McDaniel asked him why he made certain decisions and played and Tagovailoa couldn’t remember, reported Glazer, initiating concussion protocol.
There is reportedly no timetable for Tagovailoa’s return as he works on his latest head injury.
The two concussions diagnosed at Tagovailoa this season have prompted investigations by the NFL and NFLPA. The first concussion, in late September against the Bengals, came in a chilling scene as Tagovaila was hit and left unconscious on the field before being taken to hospital. He had shown symptoms in a game four days earlier against the Bills, but was cleared to return to that game.
The NFL finally changed its concussion protocol on Oct. 8 following the Tagovailoa concussion investigation.
The protocol, however, was never triggered for Tagovailoa during the Dolphins’ game against the Packers last Sunday.
“The protocol is initiated when a player receives an impact to the head and exhibits or reports signs or symptoms suggestive of a concussion,” the NFL and NFLPA said in a joint statement Saturday. “The review established that symptoms of a concussion had not been manifested or reported until the following day, when team medical staff properly assessed and placed Mr. Tagovailoa on concussion protocol. .”