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Dolphins' Mike McDaniel details Tua Tagovailoa's head injury. QB makes heartfelt statement

The Miami Dolphins have many questions to answer about Tua Tagovailoa and his injury in the past five days after the quarterback was removed on a stretcher and diagnosed with a concussion. Being the first among Dolphins executives to discuss the matter, I was inundated with questions.

“It was a scary moment,” McDaniel said at Thursday night’s postgame press conference after Miami lost to the Cincinnati Bengals. It’s an emotional moment and not part of the contract that everyone signs up for.

“All of his teammates, myself, we are all very worried. He’ll be back here with us on the plane.”

On Friday, Tagovailoa released a statement saying he was feeling better and focused on recovering and returning to the field.

The Dolphins announced that Tagovailoa was conscious and had movement in all four limbs. Tagovailoa was sacked by Bengals defensive his lineman, Josh Tupou, and in the process of being knocked to the ground, his back and head hit his surface on the field.

McDaniel realized he had a serious problem with his quarterback the moment he was called onto the field.

“I saw him lying down. I looked like he was having some stress from the impact of the hit. And as soon as I stepped onto the field, this was at least a concussion.” I found out,” McDaniel said. “Besides that, I was worried about other things. Obviously I was very worried about his head, but I know I wanted to make sure everything related to his spine and back. That’s okay. I want to confirm that

“But it was very clear from the time he got onset that I really didn’t know the extent of it. But I knew he had a concussion. He wanted me. When he saw me, I could just tell it wasn’t the man I was used to.”

Tagovailoa was controversially cleared to return for last week’s game against the Buffalo Bills. He was stumbling on the field after the hit, leading many to believe he suffered a head injury. said to confirm. Miami-held company Tagovailoa had back issues throughout the week.

“We would have reported he had a head injury. That’s why the NFL has those protocols,” McDaniel said. “All games are played with independent experts who specialize in brain issues.”

McDaniel vowed that if Tagovailoa had a head injury that week, he would not let it slip. I guess.

“As long as I’m coaching here, I’m going to cover up the whole situation,” McDaniel said. It’s very strict, if people don’t change or get lost, we don’t screw it up.As long as I’m the head coach, it’s not an issue you guys need to worry about. . “