Dolphins HC Mike McDaniel got emotional while speaking about Tua Tagovailoa’s head injury on Thursday.
During the team’s Thursday Night Football game, Tua was stretchered off the field after taking a brutal hit to the head.
Very scary moment in Cincinnati. Tua Tagovailoa was put on stretcher & carted off the field after sustaining a hard hit.
IMO: the replays felt unnecessary & insensitive. Nonetheless, hope Tua’s alright. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/V2k8y3NB9m
— Benjamin Cure (@BenjaminCureTV) September 30, 2022
During the team’s press conference on Friday morning, an emotional McDaniel got teared up talking about Tua getting stretchered off.
McDaniel is emotional now: "I'll never be comfortable with a player getting carted off the field. Ever. … I'm just glad I can hear normal Tua in his voice." https://t.co/9I9vtavDpU
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) September 30, 2022
"I'll never be comfortable with a player getting carted off the field. … It's something you never want to be a part of."
—Mike McDaniel expresses his emotions regarding Tua Tagovailoa's injury.
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) September 30, 2022
McDaniel continued to defend the team’s handling of Tua’s injury coming into the Thursday Night Football game.
Dolphins HC Mike McDaniel defends the team's decision to play QB Tua Tagovailoa days after he suffered an apparent head injury:
"If there would have been anything lingering with his head, I wouldn't have been able to live with myself if I prematurely put someone out there." pic.twitter.com/7WhjD3cZXi
— The Recount (@therecount) September 30, 2022
McDaniel revealed that he sat next to Tua on the team plane ride home and watched the movie MacGruber together.
McDaniel said he and Tua sat together on the plane and watched MacGruber during the flight home, and that Tua laughed throughout the movie
— Marcel Louis-Jacques (@Marcel_LJ) September 30, 2022