The investigation into how and why Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was cleared from concussion protocol after taking a scary hit towards the Buffalo Payments in Week 3, and was allowed to play earlier than one other terrifying head harm 4 days later towards the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 4, remains to be ongoing. Now the primary shoe has dropped: the NFLPA has fired the unbiased neurologist who initially cleared Tagovailoa from protocol.
The Gamers Affiliation has the power to terminate the Unaffiliated Neurotrauma Guide in these conditions, and it exercised that proper on Saturday.
When a participant shows “gross motor instability,” after an harm, the participant is dominated out till cleared by each a staff doctor and an unaffiliated neurotrauma advisor. Tagovailoa was cleared by each, and allowed to return towards the Payments after the hit after which play towards the Bengals. The docs decided Tagovailoa’s harm was not “neurologically induced.” The staff stated he had a again harm after the sport.
The NFLPA interviewed the unaffiliated neurotrauma advisor and the Dolphins’ docs on Friday, and now the UNC has been let go. The unaffiliated neurotrauma advisor was decided to have “made a number of errors” in clearing Tua.
The NFL Gamers Affiliation has terminated the unaffiliated neurotrauma advisor concerned in Tua Tagovailoa’s concussion examine final Sunday, as @ProFootballTalk stated.
Each the UNC and the #Dolphins staff doctor have been interviewed Friday, per supply. Investigation ongoing.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 1, 2022
The NFLPA’s determination to terminate the unaffiliated neurotrauma advisor involving in clearing Tua Tagovailoa got here after the union’s discovery of “a number of errors” made by the physician in its view, per supply.
— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) October 1, 2022
As our Mark Schofield wrote, the Dolphins have extra inquiries to reply about why Tua was allowed to play. We’re monitoring Tagovailoa’s well being updates and the fallout from the continuing union investigation right here.
The Dolphins face the New York Jets in Week 5. Tagovailoa is at present listed as questionable, and stays in concussion protocol. We’ll be following this story because it develops.