Dolphins management believe Tua Tagovailoa will be ‘back next year, 100 percent, ready to go’ in spite of three concussion scares this season… adding that the Alabama product isn’t ‘more prone (to concussions) than anyone else’
With the 2022 season in the rear view mirror for the Miami Dolphins, fans will be wondering what the future holds for concussed starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
Management for the Miami Dolphins believe that the Alabama product will be returning to the field and that consultations with doctors give a positive outlook for his future, according to NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero.
This comes after reports say the Dolphins signal caller will return as the starter for 2023.
Dolphins general manager Chris Grier says that after consulting medical advice, ‘We fully expect him back next year, 100 percent, ready to go.’
Grier added that when he spoke with consultants, they came to a conclusion that they, ‘don’t think [Tua is] any more prone (to concussions) than anyone else.’
The Miami Dolphins believe quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will be back for the 2023 season
GM Chris Grier says he consulted with medical experts & determined Tua will be ‘ready to go’
Tagovailoa has had at least three concussion scares this season – with two confirmed by Tua entering the NFL’s concussion protocol.
Back on Week 3 in a game against the Buffalo Bills, he was pulled from the game with what was initially believed to be a back injury. It was later investigated for a potential violation of the league’s concussion protocol.
Just four days later, in the Dolphins Week 4 game in Cincinnati on Thursday Night Football, Tagovailoa was flung to the ground and demonstrated what neurological experts call a fencing response.
He was rushed to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center that evening and was discharged from the hospital later that night.
Tagovailoa’s concussion-filled season began with a hard hit in Week 3 against the Buffalo Bills
Tagovailoa played just four days later, suffering a severe concussion against the Bengals
The incident forced the NFL and the NFL Players Association to revise their concussion policy.
Tagovailoa stayed in the league’s protocol until he was fully activated in Week 7 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
However, after setting career highs in passing attempts, passing yards, passer rating, and touchdowns, Tagovailoa was concussed once again on a Christmas Day game in Week 16 against the Green Bay Packers.
He was placed in concussion protocol for the second time this season and missed the team’s final three games – including yesterday’s 34-31 loss to the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Wild Card round.
Tagovailoa suffered this hit against the Green Bay Packers in Week 16, putting him in protocol
Tua didn’t play again for the rest of the season – missing the team’s final three games of 2022