Tua Tagovailoa didn’t show concussion symptoms, review says

Tua Tagovailoa’s concussion protocol was never triggered during the Miami Dolphins’ loss to the Green Bay Packers last week, according to the findings of a joint NFL-NFLPA review.

Tagovailoa is currently on concussion log after suffering his second documented concussion of the season.

“Protocol will be initiated when a player receives a blow to the head and exhibits or reports signs or symptoms suggestive of a concussion,” the NFL and NFLPA said in a joint statement Saturday. “The review concluded that no symptoms of concussion were shown or reported up to the following day. At that point, Mr. Tagovailoa was appropriately evaluated by the team’s medical staff and placed on the concussion protocol.”

He ended Sunday’s game in a 26-20 loss that saw Tagovailoa throw three interceptions in the fourth quarter and spoke to the media. He was included in the protocol after showing symptoms the following day.

Tagovailoa previously entered concussion protocol after the Dolphins’ Week 4 game against the Cincinnati Bengals and was hospitalized briefly after his head struck the turf. He missed the next two games and returned in Week 7.

Tagovailoa had suffered another hard blow four days before the Cincinnati game in a win over Buffalo. He appeared to be showing symptoms of a concussion but was evaluated and remained in the game.

The NFL later changed its concussion protocol to mandate that any player exhibiting possible concussion symptoms — including a lack of balance or stability — sit out the remainder of a game.

Tagovailoa has made career highs in every major passing statistic this season, but the Dolphins have lost four straight games and are the No. 7 in the AFC playoffs. They can claim their first playoff spot since Sunday with a win over the New England Patriots and a loss by the New York Jets to the Seattle Seahawks, or a tie combined with a Jets loss and a Pittsburgh Steelers loss or tie Secure 2016. Teddy Bridgewater will start as quarterback for the Dolphins.

Information provided by ESPN’s Marcel Louis-Jacques was used in this report.

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Emma Bowman

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