Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s availabilty in next Sunday’s all important AFC East matchup is in serious doubt after head coach Mike McDaniel said Tua Tagovailoa is in concussion protocol.
To make matters worse for everyone involved, McDaniel said he wasn’t sure when Tagovailoa suffered the concussion, saying, “nobody recognized anything with regard to” a hit that would have led to his quarterback being concussed. Tagovailoa’s concussion history has been well-documented throughout the 2022 season after the team made the questionable decision to run him back out in Week 3 against the Bills after suffering a blow to the head, only to see him exit on a Thursday night game against the Bengals in Week 4 and remain sidelined for the following two weeks. Tagovailoa will now need to clear concussion protocol in time for the team’s Week 17 matchup against the Patriots in what’s arguably their biggest game of the season to date. If he’s unable to go, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater would likely draw the start.
After the way the Dolphins botched his previous concussion, they would be hard pressed to put him back out on the field next weekend.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 26, 2022
This would seem to be the play on which Dolphins’ QB Tua Tagovailoa was injured, when his head bangs the ground. pic.twitter.com/zCQXadHm2r
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 26, 2022