Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered two documented concussions final yr, each of which generated controversy.
In Week 3 of final yr, Tagovailoa took a success within the sport towards the Buffalo Payments and wobbled to the turf. It turned out, an investigation confirmed, that he handed concussion protocol and really hyperextended his again.
Nonetheless, on quick relaxation in Week 4, the Dolphins quarterback suffered a concussion from a success within the sport towards the Cincinnati Bengals that prompted his arms to twist up on the sector. He was hospitalized and missed two video games, and the NFL Gamers Affiliation wound up firing the unaffiliated neurotrauma advisor who examined Tagovailoa through the sport towards the Payments.
Later within the season, it turned out Tagovailoa suffered one other concussion in a matchup towards the Inexperienced Bay Packers that originally went undetected, and he continued to play within the sport. After that contest, he didn’t return for the rest of the season.
In April of this yr, Tagovailoa informed reporters he thought of retirement through the earlier 4 months however determined taking part in was finest for him and his household.
And now simply days earlier than he is set to play in his first sport since that December contest towards the Packers, he is not nervous about mind accidents anymore.
“I believe I’m far, far forward,” he mentioned Thursday. “It hasn’t been a thought ever because it’s occurred. Ever since I’ve been cleared, it’s by no means been a thought to look again at that.”
The investigation into Tagovailoa early final season introduced an replace within the protocol: The NFL and the NFLPA mentioned that any participant who reveals “abnormality of stability/stability, motor coordination or dysfunctional speech brought on by a neurological concern,” referred to as ataxia, shall be unable to return to the sector.
The story of the 2023 Dolphins is just “if Tua stays wholesome.” The group went 8-5 in video games that the Alabama product began, and his 3,548 yards in his 13 contests (two of which he left early) convey him to a full-season tempo of over 4,600 yards.
Miami made the playoffs as a wild card final yr, and with third-string Skylar Thompson, they nearly upset the Payments in Buffalo however got here up quick, dropping 34-31.
The Dolphins head to Los Angeles to tackle the Chargers on Sunday.