Tua Tagovailoa: Dolphins QB taken to hospital with head injuries as Miami suffers first loss of season to Cincinnati Bengals | NFL News

Tua Tagovailoa was fired by Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Josh Tupou late in the first half; he remained motionless on the ground for seven minutes; the Miami Dolphins quarterback was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for further evaluation

Last Updated: 09/30/22 07:04

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered neck and head injuries and was stretched off the field in their 27-15 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered neck and head injuries and was stretched off the field in their 27-15 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night.

Tagovailoa was sacked by Bengals defensive end Josh Tupou with about six minutes left in the first half. He lay motionless on the ground for seven minutes in extremely disturbing scenes before being carried off the pitch.

The Dolphins said the third-year QB was conscious, had movement in all of his extremities and was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for further evaluation, adding that he should be released from the hospital. and go home with the team.

Tagovailoa, 24, suffered from back pain and an ankle injury this week, seeing him listed as ‘doubtful’ ahead of the game and likely sparking questions about whether he should have started against the Bengals .

Tagovailoa was briefly left the field in Miami’s 21-19 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, following a hit from linebacker Matt Milano, with what was initially described by the Dolphins as a hamstring injury. head.

The team said after the match that Tagovailoa suffered a lower back injury in the first half, which was exacerbated by Milan’s knock. The NFL confirmed Wednesday that it is conducting a joint review with the NFL Players Association to find out if the league’s concussion protocol has been followed.

Following Tagovailoa’s injury against the Bengals on Thursday night, the NFLPA tweeted: “The health and safety of the players is at the heart of the union’s mission. Our concern tonight is with Tua and we hope for a full and speedy recovery. Our investigation on the potential protocol the breach is in progress.”

Dolphins coach McDaniel: ‘He wasn’t the same guy’

Miami head coach Mike McDaniel said Tagovailoa called him when he went down. “I could tell it wasn’t the same guy I used to see,” he said.

“It was a scary moment. He was evaluated for a concussion. He’s in concussion protocol, but he’s being discharged.

“It’s an emotional moment. It’s not part of the deal you sign. His teammates and I were very concerned, but he was checked out and it’s nothing more than a concussion. .”

Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, who was picked No. 1 overall when he entered the league in the same 2020 draft as Tagovailoa, hopes to see him make a quick comeback.

“It’s always scary when someone comes out like that,” Burrow said. “It’s a dangerous game and something like this can happen at any time, but it’s always scary when it happens.

“I hope he recovers quickly. I’ll text him in a moment and see how he is.”

Game history

Joe Burrow passed for 287 yards and two touchdowns and Evan McPherson kicked two field goals in the fourth quarter to help the Bengals record a 27-15 win over the Dolphins on Thursday night.

Receiver Tee Higgins stood out on the night, catching seven passes for 124 yards and a touchdown for the Bengals (2-2), Vonn Bell intercepted two passes, Joe Mixon rushed for a score and the winger close Hayden Hurst caught a TD pass.

Replacement QB Teddy Bridgewater replaced Tagovailoa and completed 14 of 23 passes for 193 yards, one touchdown and one interception for the Dolphins (3-1), who suffered their first loss of the season.

Tagovailoa had completed 8 of 14 pass attempts for 110 yards and an interception before leaving the game late in the first half.

Tyreek Hill caught 10 passes for 160 yards for Miami, continuing his strong start with his new team after his offseason trade to the Kansas City Chiefs.

In a close game, Cincinnati took a 17-15 lead on a 19-yard McPherson field goal with 12 minutes left, before hitting another three times as long from 57 yards to give the home side an advantage. from 20-15 six minutes later.

Bell salvaged his second interception of the game with three minutes left and returned it 46 yards to the Dolphins 45-yard line and five plays later Burrow threw a two-yard touchdown to Hurst to virtually win the game.

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