His condition did not look like a simple injury as he laid on the turf.
In the first place, he shouldn’t have been playing in Week 4 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
That’s why the NFL Players Association wants to get to the bottom of Tagovailoa’s situation.
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.
— NFLPA (@NFLPA) September 30, 2022
The NFLPA 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.”
This investigation will have major repercussions, especially in treating concussion protocols.
Tagovailoa was carried off the field in a stretcher after receiving a sack.
But, surprisingly, he was active for that game after the injury he suffered a week earlier against the Buffalo Bills.
He fell to the ground again after a Bills player made contact, and he had to leave the game to be assessed.
It doesn’t take a medical expert to know something wasn’t right about him, especially because he was already dealing with a back injury before the game.
However, the Dolphins cleared him to return against Buffalo and Cincinnati, and they are staring at dire consequences.
What Happens Next After Tagovailoa’s Injury?
The Dolphins hope he will get a clean bill of health after the gruesome incident.
But jobs may be lost, particularly from the Dolphins’ medical staff.
The NFLPA will try to establish proof of negligence among those who gave Tagovailoa the green light to play.
If the details go the NFLPA’s way, certain individuals might lose their jobs.
Likewise, the Players Association will call for more stringent measures on concussion protocol to avoid that incident from happening again.