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We’ve all seen it.

Last Sunday v. the Bills in Miami, Tua Tagovailoa was thrown to the ground and in the process he hits his head on the turf. He gets up, tries to jog to the line of scrimmage, but he collapses. Clearly Tua is concussed. His movements were like that of a boxer just before the ref calls it a TKO. Tagovailoa was taken off the field to be evaluated at halftime.

During the 12 minutes of halftime, Tagovailoa is examined by the team’s medical staff and it is determined during those 720 seconds that he’s ok to return to the field to start the second half. In the modern NFL, where “player safety” is the Commissioner’s (faux) mantra, somehow they let this happen – they allowed the then (2-0) Dolphins, one of the league’s new darlings, to keep their obviously concussed QB in the game.

After the upset win to advance to (3-0) (remember winning is everything), Tagovailoa said that his back “locked up” on him. THAT’s what triggered his impression of a punch-drunk fighter.

“For the most part,” Tua said, “I’m good.”

So the Dolphins list him on the injury report with a “back” injury.

The team signed off on this. Their head coach said it was ok. The team’s doctors gave him a thumbs up. Each one, employees of arguably the shadiest of NFL owners, Stephen Ross. They gambled on the safety of a player because playing him gave the team a better chance to advance to (4-0). An undefeated team in South Florida means more money, right?

Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel will probably tell you he isn’t a doctor and that he relies on the “professionals” for important medical matters – you know, like a player’s brain matter. But here, he sure sounds like a doctor on a political campaign trail.

“I don’t think that an injury from last week made him fall the same way this week, but yeah, I do not have any, like absolutely zero patience for, or will ever put a player in position for them to be in harm’s way. That is not what I’m about at all, and no outcome of a game would ever influence me being responsible as the head coach of a football team.”

How can someone stand up there before the media and say that what happened to Tua on Sunday against the Bills didn’t influence what happened to him last night in Cincinnati? Tua was flung down to the turf with authority last night. There’s no denying that. But we’ve all seen players hit their heads on the turf with more blunt force than Tua did last night and still get up, dust off and get ready for the next play. But Tua seized. HE SEIZED! And no one, not Mike McDaniel, not one of the team quacks, not Ross, can tell us that the two incidents are not tied together – that Tua wasn’t a concussed player with a pre-existing condition.

Yet he did.

Want some more talking out of both sides of the mouth from McDaniel?

Hopefully this story will have a happy ending.

Hopefully the reprehensible behavior exhibited by the Dolphins medical staff and their complicit head coach will become examples of what not to do with player safety and managing player concussions. Most importantly, hopefully, Tua is ok.

But I won’t be surprised if Tua is listed as “questionable” with a “hand” injury before the Dolphins travel to New Jersey to take on the Jets in 9 days.

After all, that’s an important divisional game, right?

5 Responses

  1. What’s really surprising is that this belies the league’s paranoia regarding liability, which has not only led to the injury protocols, but the draconian limitation on tackling!

  2. You’re joking right Toni? This guy is paid a lot of money to play football and lie about injuries. I could care less about his safety or any of the rest of the players in the NFL. It’s a contact sport, if you can’t hack it then try tennis or golf. Furthermore, most of these players you fawn over are societal rejects that if they didn’t have football to focus their anger issues on then they’d just keep beating their wives. So what if Tua went down! Let’s get the next guy in here because you all knew the risks and you still signed the contract. Screw your health! Where’s my Lombardi trophy?

  3. First of all best wishes for Tuas recovery. The cartel known as the NFL only cares about cash flow. They players are simply a means to an end. Since the law suits by x players for health care and nursing home care( most are deceased now like John Mackey) the league made a big deal about CTE changed a few rules and protocols and passed a CBA good thru 2030 with an extended season to 17 and eventually to 18. The playoffs got extended too. If you can not see the hypocrisy here your brain dead. It will always be a violent dangerous game even watered down. Thank you Tony for letting the younger generation of fans know about the real NFL.

  4. Thank you Tony. It was painfully obvious Tua was concussed. The video doesn’t lie. We all saw him show signs of concussion multiple times. The protocol was put in place to avoid being injured while already previously recovering from being injured. Players do not get to self diagnose the situation. I met a Baltimore Colt player suffering from the aftermath of multiple concussions. Once you have seen it, you understand exactly why you can not allow this to happen. It creates permanent damage. It is that simple.

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