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One Miami-based doctor doesn’t want to see Tua Tagovailoa play another snap this season following his most recent concussion scare. He doesn’t want Tagovailoa to come to that decision on his own, however, he wants the young quarterback suspended indefinitely.
The doctor’s reaction came shortly after it was announced that Tagovailoa had been placed in the NFL’s concussion protocol after exhibiting symptoms on Monday, a day after Miami’s loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Sports medicine physician Dr. Jesse Morse shared his thoughts on Twitter explaining why he believes Tagovailoa should be suspended. He later deleted the tweet after receiving so much pushback for his opinion.
Dr. Morse later explained why he deleted his original tweet before calling on the NFL and NFL Player’s Association to “revamp” the entire concussion protocol.
While Dr. Morse’s intentions may have been in the right place, it was a woeful tweet from a medical professional.
Calling on the Dolphins or the NFL to suspend Tagovailoa for not reporting his symptoms until Monday is ludicrous. First of all, who is to say that Tua endured any symptoms before he self-reported them on Monday? Secondly, suspending a player for not reporting symptoms in a timely manner would only deter other players to report symptoms of a concussion in the future.
Tua Tagovailoa And His Latest Concussion Scare
Tagovailoa did not miss a snap during Sunday’s loss to the Packers and head coach Mike McDaniel explained on Monday that “nobody recognized anything with regard” to a hit that would have triggered an examination on his team’s quarterback.
It’s been widely speculated that Tua may have suffered a concussion during a particular play just before halftime on Sunday:
This is now the second time Tagovailoa has been in the concussion protocol this season. He was carted off the field in Week 4 against the Cincinnati Bengals, just four days after his head was slammed to the turf against the Buffalo Bills, although he returned to that game after being cleared by staff.
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