The Miami Dolphins experienced Murphy’s Law during their Week 4 Thursday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
First, their three-game winning streak ended after the Bengals went on a 13-0 run in the fourth quarter.
Their defeat means that there are no undefeated teams left in the American Football Conference.
Worst yet, Tua Tagovailoa did not look well after getting sacked hard to the turf.
His fingers did not look normal as he was carried off the field in the second quarter.
However, NFL Network insider Mike Garofolo shared some positive news about the former Alabama standout.
Tua Tagovailoa will be released from the hospital and will travel home with the #Dolphins, the team tells @KayleeHartung. Very good news there obviously, though answers still needed on how this week was handled.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 30, 2022
Garafolo tweeted, “Tua Tagovailoa will be released from the hospital and will travel home with the #Dolphins, the team tells @KayleeHartung. Very good news there, obviously, though answers are still needed on how this week was handled.”
While Tagovailoa riding the plane with his squad provides some relief, Garafolo’s last sentence is a preview of that game’s repercussions.
The NFL Players Association got the ball rolling by launching an investigation on Tagovailoa’s status.
Their statement reads, “Player health and safety is at the core of the union’s mission…Our investigation into the potential protocol violation is ongoing.”
Negligence plays a part in Tagovailoa’s condition, and certain individuals from Miami’s medical and coaching staff are on the hot seat.
Tagovailoa Shouldn’t Be Playing
It looked like Tagovailoa was suffering from something beyond the back injury the Dolphins listed him for.
He went down again after a Buffalo Bills player made contact with him during their Week 3 encounter.
Resting him would have been the best decision, considering the short interval between the two games.
But somehow, the Dolphins declared him healthy enough to play.
A lapse in judgment is in play and the NFLPA would like to know more.NEXT: The NFLPA Is Launching A Full Tua Tagovailoa Investigation