Following Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffering an intense head injury in the middle of a game, head coach Mike McDaniel was prepared to answer any questions fans had related to the matter.
“It was a scary moment,” the head coach said of Tagovailoa in a press conference after the team lost to the Cincinnati Bengals. “He was evaluated for a concussion and he’s in the concussion protocol … That was an emotional moment that is not part of the deal that anyone signs up for even though you know it’s a possibility in football to have something that you have to be taken off on a stretcher.”
The quarterback was evaluated by medical professionals after the incident and the Dolphins were happy to confirm that he is only experiencing a concussion. However, McDaniel emphasized that the entire team is still concerned for his well-being.
“All of his teammates, myself, we’re all very concerned. The best news we can give is that everything is checked out that he didn’t have anything more serious than a concussion,” said the coach. “He’ll be flying back with us here on a plane.”
The head coach also reflected on seeing the incident occur; when Bengals defensive lineman Josh Tupou sacked the quarterback, McDaniel could immediately tell something was off about Tagovailoa. “I saw him lay down. I saw that it looked like he (had) some stress going on with the impact of the hit. And then once I got out to the field, I knew right away that this was at least a concussion,” he recalled.
“I was worried about those other things on top of that. I was obviously very worried about his head, but you know you wanted to make sure that all things with relation to the spine and back — you want to make sure that’s okay.”
Tua Tagovailoa thanks those around him for supporting him through this difficult time
After the injury occurred, fans were concerned because Tagovailoa had not yet discussed his concussion. But, the NFL star took to Twitter and ensured fans that he was happily healing and feeling much better. “I want to thank everyone for all their prayers and support since the game last night,” he began in a statement issued through his team’s social media page.
“iI was difficult to not be able to finish the game and be there with my teammates, but I am grateful for the support and care I’ve received from the Dolphins, my friends and family, and all the people who have reached out. I’m feeling much better and focused on recovering so I can get back out on the field with my teammates,” Tagovailoa continued.
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