Last Sunday, Tagovailoa appeared to injure his head in the second quarter when he was shoved to the ground by Buffalo Bills linebacker Matt Milano. The impact of the push caused Tagovailoa’s head to slam on the turf. He struggled to his feet before stumbling to the ground again.
Fast forward to yesterday’s Thursday night game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Tagovailoa was sacked and slammed to the turf by Bengals defensive tackle Josh Tupou with 5:43 remaining in the second quarter. Tagovailoa stayed on the turf motionless, and his fingers were disjointed in what was a scary scene. Tagovailoa was carted off the field on a stretcher and didn’t return. He was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center with head and neck injuries, and he did have movement in all of his extremities.
Later that night Tagovailoa was released from a Cincinnati hospital late Thursday and flew back home on the team plane, where coach Mike McDaniel and his Dolphins teammates were elated by his presence.
The discussion around the league and elsewhere is; should Tua have even been in a uniform for Thursday’s game in light of what happened in Sunday’s game.