The Dolphins QB suffered the injury during Thursday night’s game.
The injury occurred in the second quarter. Tagovailoa dropped to pass, but was soon sacked by defensive lineman Josh Tupou. In the process of the sack, Tagovailoa was thrown to the ground and looked to initially not be moving. The Dolphins then announced on Twitter that Tagovailoa was taken to a local Cincinnati hospital, and that he is conscious and has movement in all his extremities.
Tua Tagovailoa has been taken to a local hospital for further evaluation. He is conscious and has movement in all his extremities.
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) September 30, 2022
After the game, it was reported that Tua would be discharged from the hospital and travel home with the team:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 30, 2022
This comes after Tagovailoa was taken off the field in their victory over the Buffalo Bills last Sunday with what the Dolphins called a back injury. Tagovailoa would come back into the game in the second half, despite what was initially thought of as a head injury. Tagovailoa was listed as questionable throughout the week with back and ankle injuries.
The NFLPA requested an investigation into how Tagovailoa’s concussion protocol was handled last Sunday against the Bills. According to Mark Maske of the Washington Post, the investigation is not complete:
NFL’s Jeff Miller says the league has “every indication” that the concussion protocols were followed properly Sunday with Tua Tagovailoa but the formal review requested by the NFLPA, which takes 1-2 weeks, is not completed yet.
— MarkMaske (@MarkMaske) September 28, 2022
Backup QB Teddy Bridgewater has entered the game for the Dolphins, and the Amazon Prime broadcast crew said Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel spoke to Tua during halftime.