NFLPA fires medical consultant who treated Tagovailoa’s concussion

Sports Writing, October 1 (EFE) .- The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) fired this Saturday the neurotrauma consultant who treated Tua Tagovailoa, the quarterback of the Dolphins, for the concussion he suffered last Sunday in the duel against the Bills.

The dismissal came after the doctor reportedly made several errors in evaluating the passer, who, not receiving a concussion alert, started last Thursday’s game against the Bengals, where he took one more hit than another. times. it shocked him.

In Sunday’s game, late in the second quarter, Tagovailoa was knocked down by a defender and his neck bounced off the grass. Getting up, Tua got dizzy and stumbled. He left the field to be evaluated per the league’s concussion protocol.

The quarterback was allowed to return to the game in which he led his team to victory, a situation that did not convince the NFLPA, which immediately announced that it would conduct an investigation into how the concussion protocol was administered.

“The health of the player is at the core of the union’s mission. Our concern at this time is for Tuan and we hope he makes a full recovery. Our investigation into a possible protocol violation is ongoing,” was the NFLPA’s message.

Despite this, Tagovailoa started in last Thursday’s game against the Bengals, in which he was again brought down by another defender and again his neck hit the grass.

This time he did not get up, he lay on the ground for almost 12 minutes with strong hands on his helmet mask; He was carried off the field on a stretcher and taken to a hospital where he was released on Thursday.

On Friday, Miami Dolphins coach Mike McDaniels assured that his player still had a headache, so he would undergo more studies.

“I was very excited to see him talking to me and his teammates, he was honest and said he had a headache, except he was acting normal, but they will do more tests because he still has a headache.” , McDaniels said.

According to the coach, since the concussion his quarterback suffered last Sunday, concussion protocols have been followed correctly and if he played on Thursday there were no signs of danger.

“All the steps were followed and there was no medical sign of an ongoing head injury, I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if something like that existed or if I knew I was putting him at risk from a previous match.” , he said. .

(c) EFE Agency

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