The NFL said on Wednesday that a probe into the Dolphins’ handling of probable head injuries to quarterback Tua Tagovailoa on Sunday is underway, but added that all signs point to the league’s concussion protocol being followed. One to two weeks are anticipated for the evaluation.
After Tagovailoa left Sunday’s victory over the Bills with what the Dolphins first described as a head injury, NFL Network reported on Sunday that the NFLPA intended to look into how his concussion exam was handled. Matt Milano, a linebacker for the Bills, struck Tagovailoa in the first quarter and was called for roughing the passer on the play. Following the play, Tagovailoa tripped and was replaced in the game by Teddy Bridgewater, the backup quarterback.
Later, towards the start of the second half, Tagovailoa made a comeback. After the game, Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel told reporters that Tagovailoa had had a lower back injury in the first half that had been made worse by Milano’s hit.