Tua Tagovailoa was sacked by Josh Tupou of the Cincinnati Bengals late in the first half; he remained motionless on the ground for seven minutes; Baby Miami Dolphin was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for further evaluation
Last updated: 30/09/22 7:04 am
Miami Dolphins defender Tua Tagovailoa suffered neck and head injuries and was carried off on a stretcher during the 27-15 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night.
Tagovailoa was sacked by Bengals defender Josh Tupou with about six minutes left at half-time. He was motionless on the ground for seven minutes in extremely serious scenes before being taken off the field.
The Dolphins said third-year QB is awake, has movement in all limbs and was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for further evaluation, adding that he is expected to be discharged and fly home with the team.
The 24-year-old Tagovailoa has suffered from back pain and an ankle injury this week, which saw him listed as ‘suspicious’ ahead of the game and potentially raised questions about whether he was should start the match against the Bengals or not.
Tagovailoa was briefly off the field in Miami’s 21-19 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, following a strike from defender Matt Milano, with what was initially described by the Dolphins as a head injury.
The team said after the game that Tagovailoa had suffered a lower back injury in the first half, which was aggravated by Milano’s strike. The NFL confirmed on Wednesday that it is conducting a joint review with the NFL Players Association into whether the league’s concussion protocol is being followed.
Following Tagovailoa’s injury against the Bengals on Thursday night, the NFLPA tweeted: “Player health and safety is at the core of our union mission. Our concern tonight is for Tua. and we hope for a prompt and full recovery. Our investigation into the potential protocol breach is ongoing.”
Dolphin Trainer McDaniel: “It’s Not The Same Person”
Miami head coach Mike McDaniel said Tagovailoa called him as he went down. “I can tell it’s not someone I’ve ever met,” he said.
“It was a scary moment. He was assessed as having a concussion. He was undergoing treatment for a concussion, but he has since been discharged.
“It’s an emotional moment. It’s not part of the deal you sign for. His teammates and myself are worried, but he’s been tested and it’s nothing. more severe than a concussion.”
Bengals full-back Joe Burrow, who was selected as No. 1 entering the tournament in the same 2020 Draft as Tagovailoa, is hoping to see him return quickly.
“It’s always scary when someone is out like that,” says Burrow. “It’s a dangerous game and the same thing can happen at any time, but it’s always scary when it happens.
“Hopefully he recovers quickly. I’ll text him in a bit and see how he is.”
Story of the game
Joe Burrow crossed for 287 yards and two touchdowns and Evan McPherson made two fourth-half goals to help the Bengals score a 27-15 win over the Dolphins on Thursday night.
Recipient Tee Higgins was the standout of the night, catching seven 124-meter passes and one touchdown for the Bengals (2-2), Vonn Bell blocked two, Joe Mixon dashed in to score and Hayden Hurst shot in. close to catch a TD pass.
QB backup Teddy Bridgewater replaced Tagovailoa and completed 14 of 23 193-yard passes, one touchdown and one interception to the Dolphins (3-1), who suffered their first defeat of the season.
Tagovailoa completed eight of 14 110-meter cross attempts and one interception before leaving the game at the end of the first half.
Tyreek Hill caught 10 passes in 160 yards for Miami, continuing a good start to his new team following his off-season move from the Kansas City Chiefs.
In a tight game, Cincinnati took a 17-15 lead 19 yards ahead of McPherson goal with 12 minutes left, before he kicked again three times from 57 yards to give him a 20-15 advantage. for the home team. the following minutes.
Bell made his second intercept of the game with three minutes left and returned 46 yards to the Dolphins’ 45-yard line, and five innings later, Burrow threw a two-yard touchdown for Hurst to be realistic. hold the match.
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