Tagovailoa misses the first game of the year 2023

MIAMI-. The quarterback of the dolphins, Tua Tagovailoais officially ruled out of Sunday’s game at New England after suffering a concussion in the Christmas Day loss of Miami against Green Bay.

Miami coach Mike McDaniel said Friday that Tagovailoa is still in the concussion protocol for the nfl and is day by day as he focuses on his health.

“He’s better than the day before,” McDaniel said. “But I’m also trying to prepare a team to play this game, and it really doesn’t do anyone any good to talk too much about the scenario where you have to focus on your health and nothing else.”

Teddy Bridgewater will lead Miami in Sunday’s critical division matchup, which will be a factor in the Dolphins clinching their first postseason berth since 2016. The Dolphins can clinch the playoffs with a win and a New York Jets loss. against Seattle, or a combined draw. with a Jets loss and a Pittsburgh Steelers loss or tie.

For Tagovailoa, it’s unclear when, or if, he will return to the field, but many current and former players have raised concerns about his long-term health after his second confirmed concussion of the season.

McDaniel was equally concerned about his 24-year-old starting quarterback, but chose his words carefully and offered few details about Tagovailoa’s future. He said Friday that he has “diligently” blocked outside views regarding Tagovailoa’s health.

“I haven’t read or talked or heard anything outside of doing my job with the people that I work with,” McDaniel said. “I think from an integrity standpoint, it’s important for me to do everything for the right reasons and not have influence in any way with whatever the situation is.”

Tagovailoa previously suffered a concussion in a Week 4 loss to Cincinnati on a play that knocked him out and caused him to be stretchered off the field.

That was four days after he was allowed to return to a game against Buffalo after appearing disoriented after a hit. It was a disturbing scene as Tagovailoa wobbled as he tried to get back to his feet, and the NFL later changed its concussion protocol to require any player showing potential concussion symptoms, including lack of balance or stability, to stay put. out the rest of the game. a game.

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Tua Tagovailoa throws for the Miami Dolphins against the Lions in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Tua Tagovailoa throws for the Miami Dolphins against the Lions in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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When he returned for Miami’s Week 7 matchup against Pittsburgh, Tagovailoa opened up about how stressful the whole process had been.

“It’s been a process, that’s for sure,” Tagovailoa said in October. “Having to deal with the interviews with the NFL and the NFLPA and then having to go see doctors outside with second opinions … but it’s all done for the safety of the players. I’m glad I had to go through those things to understand more about concussions and the effects.”

Tagovailoa’s brother, Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, told the Associated Press Thursday that he is concerned about his brother’s long-term health, given the amount of information available about chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, the progressive brain condition caused by repeated blows to the head. .

“That’s my brother,” he said. “I want him to always be safe, but at the same time play the game he loves and do what he loves to do and see him happy. In life I feel like we all have to make those tough decisions regardless of what he does.” he feels like doing right now. There are many more years and much more time too, because he is still young.”