The third-year play-caller from Alabama suffered head and neck injuries after absorbing a sack from Bengals defensive tackle Josh Tupou.
However, the situation took a weird turn after Tagovailoa manifested an awkward alignment of his fingers.
He was also carried off the field on a stretcher and was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
That sequence has the NFL Players Association seeking more details.
They 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.”
Meanwhile, NFL Network national insider Ian Rapoport has an update regarding the probe.
Dr. Allen Sills says on @NFLNetwork that as soon as the investigation on Tua Tagovailoa is finished, it'll be released to the public. "We want to be as transparent as possible."
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 30, 2022
Rapoport tweeted, “Dr. Allen Sills says on @NFLNetwork that as soon as the investigation on Tua Tagovailoa is finished, it’ll be released to the public. ‘We want to be as transparent as possible.'”
While Tagovailoa’s condition may indicate a concussion, he was cleared to go after manifesting movement in all extremities.
He also made the trip back to Miami with his teammates.
Two Sides Of Tagovailoa’s Situation
One side dictates that the Dolphins’ medical and coaching staff manifested negligence after clearing Tagovailoa fit to play.
He shouldn’t have been on the field after taking a severe hit during their Week 3 game against the Buffalo Bills.
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