The images of the new head shock suffered Thursday night by the Miami Dolphins quarterback has reignited the debate on the management of concussions in the NFL.
And suddenly the Paycor Stadium was silent. After a strong but legal tackle from a Cincinnati defender, Tua Tagovailoa, the Miami Dolphins quarterback, remained on the ground, lifeless. All his teammates approached him, while he was being taken care of by the medical teams. And as he was evacuated from the field on a cart, motionless, the applause and the chants “Yours, Yours” came down from the stands, on behalf of Bengals fans.
It must be said that the images were blood-curdling. The vision of the quarterback’s twisted fingers – a neurological reflex that follows a violent shock to the head, explained the American commentators – has prompted many NFL players to post messages of support and prayers for their colleague.
This is a disaster. Pray for Tua. Fire the medical staffs and coaches. I predicted this and I hate that I am right. Two concussions in 5 days can kill someone. This can end careers. How are we so stupid in 2022. pic.twitter.com/D8S8eEbgda
— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) September 30, 2022
“Two concussions in 5 days can kill someone”
” It’s a disaster “, concussion specialist Dr. Nowinski tweeted immediately. Before the meeting, this doctor had already posted a message, which later went viral, where he implored the Dolphins not to play Tagovailoa. Because the worst part of this story is that the Dolphins playmaker had already suffered a shock to the head four days earlier, on the Buffalo field. As he staggered to his feet, he suddenly lost his balance when returning to the bench, which was already a very strong first warning signal.
Tua Tagovailoa now in the locker room following this action…
Teddy Bridgewater came into play… #FinsUp
— Fantasy Ballers 🇫🇷 (@fantasyballersf) September 25, 2022
For Dr. Nowinski, the matter is extremely serious. “Fire the medical staff and the coaches. I predicted this and I hate to be right. Two concussions in 5 days can kill someone”he tweeted.
After the immense concern, the first news from Tagovailoa is rather reassuring. Examined in a hospital in Cincinnati, he was able to return to Miami at night with a neck brace around his neck. But the impact of concussions can be felt days, weeks or even years later. This is why a protocol has been put in place, a protocol currently followed by the player announcing the NFL.
A legal action for this case?
The Miami staff ensures that everything was done in the rules. “If there’s any indication that someone has a concussion, they go into concussion protocol. We don’t joke about that. Never “, pleaded the coach Mike McDaniel. After the first shock against Buffalo, the Dolphins explained that Tagovailoa’s loss of balance was linked to back spasms and not a possible concussion. The player had resumed his place after half-time, and ended the game.
The players’ union (NFLPA), however, has taken up the subject and is considering legal action against the Dolphins, if necessary. “We insisted on these rules to avoid exactly this scenario, said NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith. We will explore all legal options, including making referrals for doctors to licensing agencies, as well as staff who are obligated to keep our players safe. » The players’ union had already opened an investigation after the first shock suffered by Tagovailoa.