Tua Tagovailoa injury: Neurologist who evaluated Miami Dolphins quarterback fired over ‘several mistakes’

MIAMI– The independent neurotrauma counselor, who was involved in the elimination of Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa during Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills, has been fired after he was found to have made “multiple errors” in his assessment, one shared Source of the league ESPN with.

The source said the NFL Players Association exercised its right to fire the agent. The NFLPA and the league each have the right to fire a UNC without the consent of the other party.

Tagovailoa briefly left the game after hitting the back of his head on the ground and tripping trying to get back into the group. He was taken to the dressing room and tested for a concussion, but returned to the game after passing the evaluation. The Dolphins initially listed him as doubtful about returning with a head injury, but later stated that a back injury sustained by Tagovailoa early in the game caused him to stumble.

The NFLPA exercised its right to initiate a review of the league’s concussion record in response to Tagovailoa’s quick return to the game. A source told ESPN’s Dan Graziano that the UNC was being questioned Friday as part of that investigation.

Criticism of the Dolphins’ handling of the situation was compounded on Thursday when Tagovailoa’s head hit the turf again late in the first half as he faced the Cincinnati Bengals. Tagovailoa remained on the field for approximately 12 minutes before being transported on a stretcher and eventually to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Tagovailoa was diagnosed with a concussion and discharged hours later; He flew back to South Florida with the team early Friday morning. A league source told ESPN that Tagovailoa’s initial scans were negative, and Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel confirmed there was no damage other than his concussion.

The quarterback remains on concussion protocol, and McDaniel said there was no timeline for his return.

McDaniel has been under scrutiny in the days since for playing Tagovailoa, but insisted Friday the Dolphins were following the league process and that the quarterback was cleared by an independent neurologist.

“I’m 100 percent confident in our process with our players,” said McDaniel. “This is a player-friendly organization and I make it very clear from the start that my job here is for the players. I take that very seriously. Nobody in the building deviates from that. … If it had been anything to do with his Head lingers, I couldn’t have lived with myself if I had hastily put someone out there and put them in danger.

“That’s a relationship I have with this person. I take this seriously. I wouldn’t have sent him out if I had the slightest inclination for him to endanger himself from the previous game.”

NFL chief medical officer Allen Sills said Tagovailoa was checked for a concussion every day between games on Sunday and Thursday. The league’s concussion protocol says the same UNC that conducts a player’s first test “ideally” should conduct the follow-up, but a member of the team’s medical staff can do so if necessary.

It was not immediately known if the now-quited doctor was conducting Tagovailoa’s follow-up exams.

McDaniel said on Friday he had “no worries at all” that Tagovailoa suffered a head injury during Sunday’s game.

“I’m in constant communication with this guy every day,” McDaniel said. “We’re talking high-level football talks about progress and defense and we’re reminiscing about things from the last two weeks and then he has to repeat a 15-word game call. Everything, absolutely no signs. There was absolutely no medical indication resources that there was anything over the head.

“Aside from an eyeball test, which I know for a fact you wouldn’t feel very comfortable if I just relied on that – I mean, that’s why we have tests. He didn’t have a head injury. So guys bang their heads all the time and so I was adamant (that) he was checked for a head injury and he didn’t have one. He played the whole game and then he did a press conference and then he has media all week did.

“If I put someone on a medical issue that abstractly goes against medics, when do I play them again?”

Tagovailoa tweeted on Friday that he was “doing much better” and thanked everyone for their support.

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