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Tua Tagovailoa releases statement following scary head injury

Tua Tagovailoa jogs off the field in 2020 after Dolphins defeat Raiders
Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

In the second quarter of the Dolphins’ Thursday Night Football matchup against the Bengals, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa sustained a frightening head injury when he was sacked at midfield.

Tagovailoa was taken off the field on a stretcher and would be taken directly to the UC hospital for further evaluation. Following the game, Tagovailoa was released and allowed to rejoin the team for its trip back home.

“I want to thank everyone for all their prayers and support since the game last night,” Tagovailoa said on social media. “It 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’s injury on Thursday came just four days after exiting Miami’s Week 3 game where he was evaluated for a head injury at halftime against the Bills. The quarterback was determined by the team trainer and an independent neuro-consultant to be fit to reenter the game and sustained only back and ankle injuries.

The NFL Players Association said following the game on Sunday it planned to investigate if proper concussion protocol was followed during the game. The NFLPA released another statement on Thursday night stating that their investigation is still ongoing.

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