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Tua Tagovailoa's coach gives definitive answer on QB's future after concussion scare

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Quitting football is not an option for Tua Tagovailoa at the moment, according to his coach Nick Hicks.

The Dolphins’ quarterback is in NFL concussion protocol for the second time this season after suffering a head injury in a Christmas Day loss to the Packers – which marked his second – or possibly third – head injury this season.

There is growing concern about the long-term health of Tagovailoa, with many debates whether or not it should be turned off during the season or beyond.

On Thursday, Hicks tweeted: “I know some of you are mad – but UNO isn’t going anywhere for a long, long time. Get over it,” with crying and laughing emojis.

Tagovailoa, who was out on a regular basis after entering protocol, will sit out Sunday’s crucial game against the Patriots at Gillette Stadium, coach Mike McDaniel said Wednesday. Teddy Bridgewater will start.

“And BTW – NOBODY cares about your ‘fandom’. To be miserable is its own prerogative. Especially when the season isn’t over yet and the playoffs are ready and waiting,” Hicks added later. “So, jump ship and find another team. Nobody cares lol. Especially the Miami Dolphins and their players.”

Hicks’ tweet came after Tagovailoa’s brother, Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa weighed in on the concussion controversy and said he believes Tua will continue to play.

“Everybody has an opinion,” Taulia told the Associated Press on Thursday ahead of Friday’s Duke’s Mayo Bowl in Charlotte. “My brother, I know he works hard. I know he has a family now. I want my brother to be safe but at the same time I know he has a love and passion for football. I feel like he’s going to make the right decision. The most important thing is to stay safe, so this is something he has to pray about. I know when the time comes he will make the right decision.

“I feel that he will not stop playing football. I feel like every opportunity he gets, he’s going to try to play. I don’t know, it’s just ‘go until the wheels fall off’”.

Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa carries the ball during the first quarter of a game against the Packers at Hard Rock Stadium on December 25, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida.
Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa carries the ball during the first quarter of a game against the Packers at Hard Rock Stadium on December 25, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida.
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Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa takes the field before a game against the Packers at Hard Rock Stadium on December 25, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida.
Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa takes the field before a game against the Packers at Hard Rock Stadium on December 25, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida.
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The NFL and NFLPA announced Wednesday that they would be investigating how the Dolphins handled Sunday’s concussion protocol regarding Tagovailoa.

“A joint NFL-NFLPA review of the enforcement of the concussion protocol involving Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is ongoing,” the league said. said in a statement. “We welcome this review and, as we have done previously, will report the results in conjunction with the NFLPA.”

As of Friday, it remains unclear exactly when Tagovailoa suffered a concussion in Sunday’s 26-20 loss to the Packers.

The quarterback appeared to hit the back of his head on the grass with 2:40 left in the half, according to video replays. Tagovailoa, however, finished the game before showing concussion symptoms on Monday.

After meeting with team doctors, Tagovailoa was immediately placed on concussion protocol.

Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) is carried off the field following an injury in a game against the Bengals on September 29, 2022, at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati, OH.
Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) is carried off the field following an injury in a game against the Bengals on September 29, 2022, at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati, OH.
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This is the second known concussion for Tagovailoa, who was placed on protocol after being knocked unconscious and carried off the field on a stretcher during Miami’s loss to the Bengals on Sept. 29.

This came four days after he briefly exited a 21-19 win over the Bills after taking a heavy hit and looking wobbly in the first half. At the time, the NFL/NFLPA reviewed the matter and pledged to pursue “all legal options” to investigate a potential protocol violation by the Dolphins regarding Tagovailoa.

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