NFLPA Fires Independent Doctor Who Cleared Tua To Play
NFL Week 4 - While the NFLPA is still amid its investigation into the decision to clear Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa to play in Week 3, they have already decided to take action and fire the Unaffiliated Neurotrauma Consultant (UNC) who helped administer concussion tests. The initial investigation found that the UNC made "several mistakes" while evaluating Tagovailoa during Week 3, per ESPN.
Tagovailoa was evaluated for concussion symptoms after hitting the back of his head and wobbling upon getting to his feet during a hir in Week 3's game against the Buffalo Bills. Tagovailoa returned to the game, was diagnosed with back and ankle injuries upon the contest's conclusion, and never entered into concussion protocol. In a Thursday night game just four days later, Tua was whipped to the ground on a sack and remained on the turf before being carted off and taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center with a concussion and neck injuries.
The Dolphins quarterback was diagnosed with a concussion and has no timetable for return. Head coach Mike McDaniel reported that Tagovailoa flew back with the team following Thursday's game in Cincinnati. McDaniel said Tua sat next to him, they spoke about the injury and his health, then watched the film 'Macgruber' together.