Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has officially been diagnosed with a concussion, coach Mike McDaniel said Wednesday.
Miami’s third-year quarterback completed Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers without showing behavior or signs that would cause him to enter the NFL’s concussion protocol, but on Monday, McDaniel noted Tagovailoa entered protocol after exhibiting symptoms at team facilities Monday.
Up until Wednesday morning, Tagovailoa had not been known to have sustained a concussion but only was said to be examined for one, as of Monday.
The NFL and NFL Players Association began a joint review of how concussion protocol was handled in checking Tagovailoa.
“A joint NFL-NFLPA review of the application of the concussion protocol involving Miami Dolphins’ quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is now underway,” a league spokesperson said in a statement. “We welcome that review, and as we have done previously, we will report the results in conjunction with the NFLPA.”
It’s at least Tagovailoa’s second concussion this season after missing two game following the Sept. 29 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals when he was hospitalized due to a blow to the head.
McDaniel, while saying Tagovailoa was at the team’s facilities Wednesday and doing better than he was on Tuesday, said the Dolphins are taking the diagnosis extremely seriously and are doing whatever they can to ensure he has a healthy recovery.
“I’ve been advised by medical professionals that it’s critical that Tua worries only about the day that he’s currently in and nothing else,” McDaniel said. “He is in the building, but beyond that, as medical professionals will tell you, any added pressure or anything beyond that day does not behoove the process at all. So, I’ll take that very serious and worry about his health first and foremost and take the advice of medical professionals.”
McDaniel said the Dolphins are preparing for veteran Teddy Bridgewater to start Sunday at the New England Patriots (7-8) in a critical game as both teams are fighting for the playoffs.
“I met with Teddy [Tuesday] and we were exchanging ideas and talking through some stuff all the way until 10:15 and then it was his bedtime,” McDaniel said. “Moving forward and the team’s whole approach is Teddy Bridgewater is the starter.”
The Dolphins (8-7) have lost four consecutive games and are barely holding on to the final AFC wild-card spot. They are assured of clinching a playoff spot if they win their final two games against the Patriots and New York Jets. However, they can still sneak in the postseason with a win against the Patriots and a Jets loss in Seattle.
McDaniel did not say what stage of the league’s five-step protocol to return to play Tagovailoa is currently in.
This story will be updated.