Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa taken to hospital with head and neck injuries

CINCINNATI — Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was taken to a local hospital with head and neck injuries sustained in Thursday night’s second-quarter game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Tagovailoa hit the back of his head on the ground as he was released by Bengal’s nose tackle Josh Tupou and his arms seemed to grab almost immediately. He stayed in the field for about 10 minutes before being loaded onto a stretcher and taken away.

The Dolphins said just before halftime he was conscious and had motion in all of his extremities at the hospital, the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

The entire Dolphins team gathered in midfield when he was lifted off, and the crowd chanted, “Tua! Tua!”

In Sunday’s win against the Buffalo Bills, Tagovailoa suffered a concussion at halftime after hitting his head on the ground and then tripping trying to get back into the group. The team initially listed him as questionable about returning with a head injury, but later said it was a back injury that caused him to stumble. Tagovailoa said later in the week that he passed every assessment before eventually returning to the game.

The NFL Players Association called for a review of the NFL’s concussion records following Tagovailoa’s quick return to the game.

“The health and safety of players is central to the union’s mission. Our concern tonight is with Tua and we hope for a full and speedy recovery. Our investigation into the possible violation of protocol is ongoing,” the NFLPA said in a statement after Tagovailoa was injured Thursday night.

Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel said Monday that he doesn’t take his players’ health lightly, that the team would comply with any screening or investigation and that he felt “good” throughout the process.

“The one thing I think our players know more than anyone else is certain things that I’m very sensitive to. I’ve been labeled emotional at times and one of those things is player health,” McDaniel said. “So I don’t mess with it at all. … They went through the logs and in that process throughout the game, and it was something that we wouldn’t have pushed in the direction that we would have gone if it had been any kind of red flags, because that’s — you can Don’t get quarterbacks out of the way so you wouldn’t — if he had a head problem, he wouldn’t have been back out there.

Tagovailoa, 24, was ruled questionable with a back injury for most of the week leading up to Thursday night’s game.

Before leaving the game, Tagovailoa was 8-for-14 for 100 yards and an interception.

Teddy Bridgewater took Tagovailoa’s place; Rookie quarterback Skylar Thompson also made his career debut with the Dolphins.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Emma Bowman

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