Week 4 of the 2022 NFL season is off to a controversial start.
Unfortunately, the headline during and after the game between the Miami Dolphins and the Cincinnati Bengals is Tua Tagovailoa‘s gruesome injury.
To say the least, he did not look right, and it’s not just about tearing an ACL or fracturing a bone.
Something was obviously wrong after he absorbed a big hit to the turf.
While it’s good news that he will travel with the team back to Miami, more questions remain about that frightening incident.
That’s why the NFL Players Association tweeted, “Player health and safety is at the core of the union’s mission. Our concern tonight is for Tua, and we hope for a full and speedy recovery. Our investigation into the potential protocol violation is ongoing.”
The NFLPA would like to get to the bottom of this matter and find out who’s responsible for what happened.
However, former NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III makes a point about the situation.
Tua is a case of NFL Teams having to protect players from themselves.
Tua is also a case of NFL Players needing to be protected from their NFL Teams.
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) September 30, 2022
Griffin tweeted, “Tua is a case of NFL Teams having to protect players from themselves. Tua is also a case of NFL Players needing to be protected from their NFL Teams.”
Who Takes The Blame?
It’s possible that someone from the Dolphins’ medical or coaching staff gave the go signal for Tagovailoa to suit up and play.
But there’s also a chance that Tagovailoa begged to play despite suggestions of him taking the week off.
Sadly, Griffin presented a plausible chicken and egg situation, making it hard for the NFLPA to find definitive answers.
Yet after seeing what happened, everyone invested in the league will not turn a blind eye.
Tagovailoa’s status remains questionable, given the unfortunate circumstances.
Worst yet, he might not be cleared to play football anytime soon.