Aaron Rodgers thinks the Dolphins should consider shutting down Tua Tagovailoa for the rest of the season

Green Bay Packers caller Aaron Rodgers emerged victorious against Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa on Christmas Day, keeping his playoff hopes alive.

But Rodgers was not pleased to see Tagovailoa return to the league’s concussion protocol for the second time this season.

Tagovailoa played in the game but played poorly in the second half, throwing three interceptions that allowed Rodgers and the Packers to add 16 unanswered points.

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Tua Tagovailoa of the Miami Dolphins jumps onto the field before a game against the Green Bay Packers at Hard Rock Stadium on December 25, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida.
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Although the Dolphins are also trying to make the playoffs, Rodgers believes Tagovailoa’s health is more important.

“Now is probably the time to consider shutting it down after it’s had a few episodes,” Rodgers said in his weekly segment on “The Pat McAfee Show” on Tuesday. “I don’t know if that’s going to be in the thought process. But, as competitors, that’s the last thing you want. But, at some point, you have to start thinking about your cognitive function later in life and after.” -effects you might be dealing with.”

The play on which Tagovailoa appeared to have suffered his concussion came in the first half when he sent a pass to tight end Durham Smythe and was hit from behind. Tagovailoa’s head hit the grass at Hard Rock Stadium.

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The NFLPA is investigating how the Dolphins handled Tagovailoa’s injury, which is standard protocol.

Rodgers said he’s a fan of Tagovailoa’s character on and off the field. He wants nothing more than a full recovery for the 24-year-old lefty.

“I wish him all the necessary healing for his brain and just the patience to deal with this, which is going to be a difficult time, I’m sure, to deal with all the attention,” Rodgers said.

Rodgers also clarified that he doesn’t think Tagovailoa should permanently walk away from the game, but others in the soccer world said it should be considered.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) throws during the first half of a game against the Los Angeles Chargers on December 11, 2022 in Inglewood, California.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) throws during the first half of a game against the Los Angeles Chargers on December 11, 2022 in Inglewood, California.
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Former NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III was among those who expressed that opinion.

“Tua’s long-term health is more important than playing again this year,” he tweeted.

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Former Oakland Raiders defensive back Charles Woodson said: “Just watching the news about your…if in fact it’s another concussion that he has [to] think long and hard about continuing to play this game ever again… period.”

The Dolphins own the seventh and final playoff seed in the AFC with games remaining against the New England Patriots and New York Jets.

Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers, left, hugs Tua Tagovailoa of the Miami Dolphins after a game at Hard Rock Stadium on December 25, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers, left, hugs Tua Tagovailoa of the Miami Dolphins after a game at Hard Rock Stadium on December 25, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida.
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Tagovailoa will have to comply with concussion protocol before being allowed to play on Sunday.