miami dolphins Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will be out for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots after being diagnosed with a concussion for the second time this season, head coach Mike McDaniel said Wednesday.
McDaniel confirmed to the media that Tagovailoa suffered a concussion and is day by day in his recovery, but the team will continue with Teddy Bridgewater as starting quarterback.
“Medical professionals have told me that it is critical that Tua care only about the day she is currently in and nothing else,” McDaniel said Wednesday.
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“It’s better than yesterday. Other than that, I feel like it’s a little weird to extrapolate beyond ‘good,’ which is what it tells me.”
McDaniel said questions about when the concussion occurred were raised Monday as the team reviewed the film.
“We continued to question him and once we received some information we said like ‘you have to go see the doctors.’ So to say with absolute certainty that it was this, that, or the opposite, there were a few things that really triggered us, and as a result, we felt we needed to see medical professionals.”
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Tagovailoa appeared to hit his head on the ground when he was tackled in the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, but he never left the game and was not evaluated for a concussion.
The second-year quarterback appeared to have suffered a head injury during the Dolphins’ Week 3 game against the buffalo bills when he hit his head on the grass before half time. He came back to win the game, and McDaniel later said that he did not have a head injury at the time and was instead suffering from a back injury.
However, just a few days later, Tagovailoa was rushed to the hospital after being knocked unconscious in a Thursday night game against the Los Angeles Lakers. Cincinnati Bengals – his first time in the concussion protocol.
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Events subsequently led the NFL to change its concussion protocol to mandate that any player displaying potential concussion symptoms, including lack of balance or stability, sit out the remainder of the game.
According to NFL Network, the NFL Players Association has launched a joint review of the latest incident involving Tagovailoa.
Associated Press contributed to this report.