Former player praises Patriots doctors after Tua Tagovailoa concussion


“They took it seriously, and I spent the year on IR.”

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is examined during the team’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. AP Photo/Jeff Dean

Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered what the team called a “head and neck injury” Thursday before being sent off in a game against the Bengals.

  • Former player praises Patriots doctors after Tua Tagovailoa concussion

    Tagovailoa stretched off the pitch with head and neck injuries

Tagovailoa presented symptoms of concussion – which can be seen in graphic detail here — just days after collapsing from a big hit in the Dolphins’ Sunday win. His injury on Thursday drew heavy criticism from the Dolphins and the NFL for allowing him to take the field.

Perhaps most notably, neuroscientist Chris Nowinski – the founding CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation – tweeted before the game that if Tagovailoa took the field, it would be “a huge step backwards for concussion care in the NFL.”

“It’s a disaster”, Nowinski tweeted after the injury. “Pray for Tua. Fire the medical staff and the coaches. I predicted this and I hate to be right. Two concussions in 5 days can kill someone. It can end careers. How are we so stupid in 2022.

Meanwhile, former Patriots guard Rich Ohrnberger praised the organization for how it handled his concussion in 2011.

“Very grateful today to the Patriots coaches and medical staff for how they handled my concussion in 2011,” Ohrnberger tweeted. “I was up, they took it seriously and spent the year on IR.

“They saved me from myself. I would have rushed if they had let me. They did not do it. Prayers for Tua.

The Dolphins announcement that Tagovailoa was taken to a local hospital. He would have been conscious and had movements in his extremities.


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