The Miami Dolphins and the NFL are facing serious criticism over the Tua Tagovailoa situation.
On Sunday, Tagovailoa was cleared to return to the game after being visibly wobbly on the field following a hit.
The team claimed that Tua had a back injury and not a head injury prompting the NFLPA to investigate. \
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 25, 2022
On Thursday, Tua was forced to leave the game in a stretcher after suffering a scary head injury and concussion experts ripped into the Dolphins for allowing him to play.
This is a disaster. Pray for Tua. Fire the medical staffs and coaches. I predicted this and I hate that I am right. Two concussions in 5 days can kill someone. This can end careers. How are we so stupid in 2022. pic.twitter.com/D8S8eEbgda
— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) September 30, 2022
On Friday’s episode of Get Up, ESPN’s Adam Schefter said that he spoke to multiple teams and they told him their medical and training staffs “would not have allowed” Tagovailoa to play on a short week after the injury he sustained in Miami’s Week 3 win over the Buffalo Bills:
“Now he did play, and every team has a different medical staff and different standards, but again I come back to ‘gross motor instability.’ It’s the phrase that’s in the protocols, it’s the phrase that people are using. People have said he has a concussion, the Dolphins said he didn’t have a concussion. We don’t know whether he did or he didn’t.
What we do know is that when he walked off that field on Sunday, something did not look right. Something was wrong, and Tua was allowed to re-enter the game after being cleared by the doctors leading up to the circumstances last night that left everybody with a deep, disturbed feeling about how the system had failed.”
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) September 30, 2022
The NFLPA has already come forward to say they will “pursue every legal action” to get to the bottom of the handling of Tua’s injury.
NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith vows to pursue "every legal option" regarding the handling of the Tua Tagovailoa situation on Sunday. https://t.co/bm8qUCnjDU
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 30, 2022