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Miami Dolphins Come In For Heavy Criticism After Tua Tagovailoa Suffers Serious Head Injury

Miami Dolphins Come In For Heavy Criticism After Tua Tagovailoa Suffers Serious Head Injury
By Gary Connaughton
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The Miami Dolphins and the NFL are coming in for some heavy criticism after quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered a seemingly serious head injury for the second time in the space of a few days during the team's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals last night.

The Hawaii native had been one of the stories of the season up to this point, leading the Dolphins to a 3-0 record during his second full season as a starter.

Tua was one of the most highly rated college players in recent years, although he would struggle with injuries during his time at Alabama. Despite this, he was selected with the fifth overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft.

It looked as though he has was beginning to live up to his lofty potential in the pro ranks this season, although there are now serious concerns about his physical wellbeing after the last two games.

NFL criticised after Tua Tagovailoa suffers another head injury

The Miami Dolphins were widely slammed last weekend when they allowed Tua to continue playing in their game against the Buffalo Bills, despite the player suffering what seemed to be a clear head injury.

After being tackled in the second quarter, the quarterback would fall to the ground and smack his head off the playing surface. After attempting to get up and make his way to the line of scrimmage, his legs would buckle underneath him.

It made for very unpleasant viewing.

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Despite this, the Dolphins allowed him to continue in the game. The team would claim that he had suffered a back injury and had experienced no damage to his head.

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Tua was not placed in concussion protocols after the game, meaning he was free to play in their Thursday Night Football matchup against the Bengals last night.

Unfortunately, he would go on to suffer another head injury.

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After being sacked in the second quarter, the 24-year old's head made heavy contact with the ground. Not only that, but he would seem to spasm on the ground as he awaited medical attention.

On this occasion the player would not return to game, instead being transferred to a nearby hospital after suffering head and neck injuries. Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel would later confirm that he has suffered a concussion.

This incident has rightly led to widespread condemnation of the approach taken by both the team and NFL in relation to Tua's injury concerns.

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It seemed clear that he should have been taken out of last weekend's game, while the decision to play him against the Bengals could now have dangerous long-term consequences.

The reaction to the incident spoke volumes.

Tua Tagovailoa is now likely to face a lengthy spell on the sidelines, while questions will rightly be asked about the policies that allowed him to step onto the field last night in the first place.

With all that is now known about head injuries in the NFL, incidents such as this should not be allowed to happen.

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