Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa met with medical professionals on Monday and is now again on concussion protocol.
Tagovailoa sustained a head harm in the course of the Dolphins’ to the Inexperienced Bay Packers in Week 16, in accordance with Mike McDaniel, who spoke with the media on Wednesday. Moreover, he mentioned that Teddy Bridgewater would begin the Patriots recreation in Week 17.
Earlier within the season, Tagovailoa was compelled to exit the sphere in an ambulance after sustaining a daunting head harm in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals, forcing him to sit down out two video games. The NFL investigated how Miami’s medical personnel dealt with Tagovailoa’s concussion.
Following the incidence, the NFL modified its concussion protocol to require that any participant displaying potential head accidents, comparable to a lack of stability or posture, sit out the remainder of the sport.
Tagovailoa’s concussion final week could have occurred at any level in the course of the recreation, in accordance with McDaniel, who additionally mentioned “no one acknowledged something” on the time.
What Tua Tagovailoa’s head harm means for the Patriots vs Dolphins conflict
Tua Tagovailoa, the Miami Dolphins quarterback, has had a number of memorable episodes all through the 2022 NFL season. Many have seen him as one of many main snubs within the Professional Bowl polling this yr.
Tua Tagovailoa, who has a 5-0 profession report in opposition to New England, is but to be defeated by the New England Patriots. Teddy Bridgewater is prone to step on this week.
Miami (8-7) now sits within the final Wild Card slot within the AFC, whereas New England (7-8) is presently ranked eighth within the league. The victor of this contest will decide whether or not any of the groups advance to the playoffs.
With out Tua Tagovailoa on the sphere, the Dolphins have misplaced each video games this yr—40-17 to the New York Jets in Week 5 and 24-16 to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 6.
Teddy Bridgewater, who has appeared in 4 video games this yr and began certainly one of them, is anticipated to get the beginning. Bridgewater, who has began 64 video games in his profession whereas enjoying for the Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, and Miami Dolphins, has McDaniel’s backing.
The Patriots should defeat the Dolphins in Week 17 to have any probability of creating the postseason. Regardless of how they carry out in opposition to the Buffalo Payments in Week 18, a defeat in Week 17 will routinely disqualify them from the playoff image.
Despite their loss to the Inexperienced Bay Packers, the Dolphins are nonetheless within the AFC postseason race. Nonetheless, they have to win, a minimum of, certainly one of their remaining two video games to make the playoffs.