NFL says Tua showed no symptoms during game; updates Dolphins playoff scenario, activates Eichenberg

It has been determined that Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa did not exhibit behavior consistent with a head injury and reported no symptoms of a concussion during Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers, according to NFL Chief Medical Officer Dr. Allen Sills , In an interview with NFL Network.

“There’s nothing at the moment that would trigger that agreement,” Sears told the league-owned network in an interview that aired Tuesday night.

It’s with Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel Tagovailoa enters concussion protocol, revealed Monday Symptoms were reported the day after Sunday’s loss to the Packers, and there were no signs during the Christmas game.

“No one was aware of any kind of hit,” McDaniel said on Monday. “I can’t really tell you what [play] it is.I’m not entirely sure about it, but it was something he met with the doctor [Monday] And discuss some symptoms. “

As of Tuesday night, Tagovailoa had not been publicly diagnosed with a concussion.

A small number of concussion patients experience symptoms on a delayed basis — hours or even days after head contact, Sills said.

Tagovailoa is known to have suffered a concussion during the 2022 season when he was hospitalized during the Dolphins’ Sept. 29 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Four days earlier, his head hit the ground in a win over the Buffalo Bills. Although he appeared dazed and faltering, he was later cleared to return to the field.have video Tagovailoa received blows to the head similar to the previous two when he was knocked down by a pass late in the first half against Green Bay on Sunday.

A handful of players suffer more than one concussion in a season, and anyone who suffers a concussion goes through the same five-step return-to-play protocol, Sills said.

Players’ medical histories are considered by protocol, according to an emailed statement. From league spokesperson to South Florida Sun-Sentinel in October.

“Team medical staff will consider a player’s current concussion injury, as well as past exposure, medical history, family history and future risk in managing the player’s care,” a league spokesperson said.

The league’s official scenario for the Dolphins clinching a playoff berth in Week 17:

— A win over the New England Patriots, plus a loss or tie for the New York Jets over the Seattle Seahawks;

– Tie the Patriots, let the Jets lose, plus lose the Pittsburgh Steelers or tie the Baltimore Ravens.

If the Dolphins (8-7) lose at New England (7-8), they need to beat the Jets (7-8) in the final at home and have the Patriots lose to Buffalo in Week 18 To get in, no matter what New England does with York’s record in Seattle.

If the Dolphins and Jets both win in Week 17, it creates a winner-take-all situation for the final wild-card spot when the division rivals tie in the regular-season finale.

If the Dolphins win in New England but the Jets win, including a victory over Miami, the Los Angeles Chargers’ playoff win over the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night eliminates Miami’s already unlikely playoff route. In that case, the Dolphins would be out now.

The Dolphins activated left guard Liam Eikenberg from injured reserve on Tuesday, something they had to do after opening a 21-day window for him since being designated to return to practice three weeks ago. Last day of the move.

Running back Myles Gaskin, who missed the loss to the Packers with an undisclosed illness, was placed on IR in a corresponding move.

McDaniel has repeatedly said Eikenberg was playing his best football before Miami injured his knee in an Oct. 30 win over the Lions in Detroit.

Eichenberg’s activation didn’t happen the first couple of weeks because Robert Jones excelled at left guard and the team struggled to identify an available roster spot.

“He’s done a good job,” said Jones McDaniel, a second-year linebacker from middle Tennessee. “Because of that, there are a lot of things that can affect IR activation, one of which is roster position. And we have a lot of good players on the team, so it doesn’t make sense for us to move on so early.”

When McDaniel was asked Monday if he could improve the process by which the Dolphins review replays and challenge calls on the field, he said there would be no major personnel changes, but the team could improve in that area.

“I’m happy to be with the guys we’re working with, and I want the process to keep getting better, no matter what’s going on,” the Miami coach said. “I think in terms of a managerial role, you do it like everything else – you never brag about anything, whether it’s in your favor or not. Well, so that one thing you can control doesn’t happen twice that could be bad for you.”

In the Dolphins’ loss to the Packers, they didn’t challenge a 31-yard completion from Aaron Rodgers to tight end Marcedes Lewis before Green Bay tied a touchdown two plays later. . Replays appeared to show the ball moving and touching the ground as Lewis tried to take control.

“You’re always responsible for that,” McDaniel said. “It was a fast-paced decision, you could make it in one fell swoop, and they collectively felt there wasn’t enough information to overturn it.”

McDaniel went 0-for-3 in his rookie challenge as head coach, missing Weeks 2 and 3 against the Ravens and Bills, plus a Dec. 11 loss to the Chargers Complete the catch challenge in .

On the other hand, unchallenging Lewis’ catch is one of at least four potential opportunities in the event he chooses not to request a review. Others, though not all of them are as important, are:

– Trent Sheffield’s third-quarter touchdown against Detroit, ruled at the 1-yard line (Alec Ingold scores later);

– A catch by Jaylen Waddle in Chicago’s third quarter was ruled incomplete but could have been reversed to a catch-and-fumble out of bounds (the Dolphins ended up scoring a touchdown pass to Jeff Wilson, though he missed a chunk of the field Contest);

– In the third quarter of Week 3, Buffalo’s Isaiah McKenzie was adjudged to gain the necessary yardage on the third-and-7 in Bills territory, even though he looked short (Brown The Faroes ended up taking 11 minutes and 20 seconds of kickoff for 87 yards in 20 plays).

It’s also worth noting that the fear of losing a second-half timeout factored into the decision not to challenge for the third quarter.