Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel is firing back at people accusing the Miami Dolphins of any wrongdoing over the Tua Tagovailoa situation.
On Thursday, Tagovailoa was cleared to play despite being visibly wobbly during the team’s game against the Bills on Sunday. Tua claims he had a back injury and was cleared to play by doctors.
This was Tua Tagovailoa just FOUR days ago. And he was cleared to play tonight? Start the investigation ASAP pic.twitter.com/4p9j3rrZss
— The Ravens Realm (@RealmRavens) September 30, 2022
During the Dolphins’ Thursday Night Football game, Tua was carted off the field after taking a scary hit to the head.
Tua just got slammed and is down pic.twitter.com/6hzRekleI7
— Roto Street Journal (@RotoStJournal) September 30, 2022
After the game, McDaniel said that an “independent specialist that specializes in the specialty of brain matter” cleared Tua to play and that he would never interfere with concussion protocol as long as he’s the head coach of the team.
Dolphins' HC Mike McDaniel explained why the decision for Tua Tagovailoa to play Thursday night against the Bengals was made. pic.twitter.com/Qdkna1nucY
— (@sportingnews) September 30, 2022
Here’s video of McDaniel’s postgame comments.
“If there’s any inclination that someone has a concussion, they go into concussion protocol. … We don’t mess with that. Never have.”
Mike McDaniel on Tua being cleared to play tonight after being evaluated for a concussion last week
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 30, 2022