The Buffalo Bills are set to face the Baltimore Ravens in tomorrow’s Week 4 game.
However, many fans of Buffalo and the NFL landscape are still caught up in what happened last Sunday between the Bills and the Miami Dolphins.
Just before the end of the first half, Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was knocked to the ground by Bills linebacker Matt Milano. Tua slammed his head on the turf and after getting up, shaking his head, stumbled before being helped by his teammates.
Tua was assessed for a head injury, according to the Dolphins PR team, but was cleared to return early in the second half against Buffalo. After the match, it was revealed that Tua had seemingly faltered due to an aggravated back injury.
Then on Thursday Night Football against the Cincinnati Bengals, Tagovailoa was sacked before the end of the first half in a whipping motion and lied motionless. He was transported by ambulance for a head injury and was released from the hospital in time to return home with his Miami team. He is now in concussion protocol with no timeline on a potential return.
NFL analysts, former players and fans were outraged that Tua was allowed back into the game against the Bills and equally mad that he was allowed to play against the Bengals.
The NFL Players Association said it would investigate the situation and the first fallout has occurred.
Pro Football Talk reports that the NFLPA has decided to fire the neurotrauma consultant who was directly involved in Tua’s concussion test in the Bills-Dolphins game.
Tom Pelissero of The NFL Network also says UNC and the Dolphins team doctor were both interviewed Friday.
Dolphins reporter Marcel Louis-Jacques reports that the investigation found the neurotrauma consultant made “several errors” in assessing Tua’s concussion.
Whether or not more spinoffs happen here remains to be seen. The problem lies in the video we’ve all seen of Tagovailoa stumbling and needing treatment after his concussion. It was said by head coach Mike McDaniel after the game against the Bills that it was a back injury.
This video should have been enough to cause Tua to miss the rest of the match. Fans and analysts are rightly skeptical of what happened last Sunday and ultimately contributed to what happened to Tua on Thursday.
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