NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was at the stadium when Tua Tagovailoa suffered a scary injury last night.
Goodell was in attendance at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati to watch the Bengals defeat the Miami Dolphins 27-15.
But the game was marred by a nasty concussion suffered by Dolphins quarterback Tagovailoa.
The third-year signal caller hit the back of his head on the turf after a sack from Bengals defensive tackle Josh Tupou.
Once on her back, Tagovailoa could be seen with her eyes closed and her hands raised to her face in what some have described as a fencing reaction.
According to Healthline, this reaction occurs: “When a person experiences an impact strong enough to cause traumatic brain injury (TBI), such as a B. a concussion, their arms often go into an unnatural position.
“This position—forearms extended or flexed, usually in the air—follows the impact and is called the fencing reaction position. It lasts up to several seconds after the collision.”
Tagovailoa then left the game on a stretcher and was transported by ambulance to a local hospital.
The dolphins reported that he was conscious and had movements in his extremities and he was eventually released that same evening.
Thankfully, Tagovailoa was able to fly home with the team despite wearing a neck brace and will undergo an MRI on Friday.
This comes just four days after Tagovailoa suffered what the Dolphins described as a back injury against the Buffalo Bills.
However, with Tagovailoa stumbling on the field after a similar blow to the head as Thursday night, many have suggested that he should not have returned to the field on Sunday, nor should he have played on Thursday night.
Neuroscientist and founder of the Concussion Legacy Foundation Chris Nowinski Ph.D. took to Twitter on Thursday to express his shock at Tua’s injury – and the decision to let him play at TNF.
He captioned a video of the incident wrote: “That’s a catastrophe. Pray for Tua. Fire the medical staff and trainers.
“I predicted that and I hate that I’m right. Two concussions in 5 days can kill someone.
“It can end careers. How are we so stupid in 2022.”
Following Tagovailoa’s performance and resulting injury Thursday, Dolphins medical staff and the NFL have been criticized.
Former Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III retweeted a video of Tagovailoa stumbling on Sunday said: “Tua 4 days ago. The dolphins have to answer for this.”
ESPN’s Linda Cohn tweeted: “NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was in the building in Cincinnati and saw what happened to Tua.
“Obviously it would have been nice if Goodell felt it was important enough to comment on the way the QB’s health and safety has been managed in recent days and NFL politics. #Tua.”
NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith also responded quickly to Tagovailoa’s injury.
Smith issued a statement through the Amazon broadcast team, saying, “We will be pursuing all legal opportunities, including referrals from doctors to licensing agencies and the team that has a duty to protect our players.”
NFLPA President JC Tretter also made his feelings clear on the matter Friday via a tweet in which he said “We are all outraged by what we have seen over the past few days and fear for the safety of one of our brothers.
“What everyone saw both Sunday and last night were ‘no go’ symptoms in our concussion logs.”
The league’s chief physician, Dr. Allen Sills told the NFL reporter Judy Battista that “we are still conducting a very active review of the whole situation.
Sills continued, “We are doing this in partnership with the Players Association and this review process will result in both groups speaking to everyone involved…
“The purpose of this review is to ensure concussion protocol was followed.”
Sill went on to say that “if protocol is found not to have been followed, there will be very serious consequences.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6340032/nfl-commissioner-roger-goodell-tua-tagovailoa-head-injury/ NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was at the game when Tua Tagovailoa suffered his terrifying head injury