MIAMI GARDEN, Fla. (AP) — Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered his second concussion of the season in last week’s loss to Green Bay, Miami coach Mike McDaniel confirmed Wednesday.
Tagovailoa has not been officially ruled out for Sunday’s crucial game in New England, though it’s unclear when the Dolphins will see him on the field again.
McDaniel said the Dolphins are moving forward with Teddy Bridgewater as their starter.
McDaniel said he and the team were concerned when they saw “inconsistencies” with Tagovailoa while watching the tape last Sunday. Tagovailoa met with doctors Monday afternoon and was included in the NFL’s concussion protocol after reporting symptoms.
Tagovailoa, 24, just entering his third professional season, has had two confirmed concussions since the start of the season.
He entered concussion protocol in September after losing consciousness following a horrific blow during Miami’s game against Cincinnati. He was stretchered off and returned in Week 7.
Four days before the game against Cincinnati, Tagovailoa was hit hard again in a win over Buffalo. He appeared to be showing concussion symptoms but was evaluated and stayed in the game, drawing criticism as to why he was allowed to return.
The NFL later changed its concussion protocol, requiring any player showing symptoms of a possible concussion, including lack of balance or stability, to sit out for the remainder of the game.
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