Oct 4, 2022
Unaffiliated Team Doctor Fired By Dolphins Following In-Game Concussion Check

The unaffiliated doctor involved with the Miami Dolphins who cleared quarterback Tua Tagovailoa following an in-game concussion check during a recent game has been fired.

The report came over the weekend from Reuters, after the third-year quarterback had to be carted off the field due to exhibiting concussion-like symptoms after a hit during a Thursday Night Football game — a game after the doctor cleared  Tagovailoa to return to action in a win over the Buffalo Bills.

dolphinsCiting an NFL source, the report said the neurotrauma consultant made “several mistakes” while evaluating Tagovailoa after getting sacked late in the second half against the Bills.

Below is an excerpt from the Reuters article about the firing and the missteps made by the doctor.

The source said the NFL Players Association opted to exercise its right to dismiss the doctor as part of an agreement with the league to fire an unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant without agreement from the other party.

Tagovailoa was cleared to remain in the game and four days later against the Cincinnati Bengals was taken off the field on a stretcher after he again hit the back of his head on the ground when he was chased down and thrown to the turf.

The 24-year-old quarterback’s arms appeared to seize up almost immediately after the hit on Thursday and he remained on the field for about seven minutes before being taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a concussion.

The NFLPA initiated an investigation into the handling of Tagovailoa’s concussion evaluation during Sunday’s game and the sequence of events has raised questions about the NFL’s concussion protocols.

To read the full story from Reuters, click here. 

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