(MIAMI, FLA) — Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa suffered on a second-quarter sack in Thursday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
He had to be put on a stretcher and wheeled off the field after suffering head and neck injuries from a defensive tackle.
Tagovailoa hit the back of his head on the ground when he was sacked by Bengals nose tackle Josh Tupou, similar to an injury he suffered last week.
the scary part was when his arms appeared to seize up almost immediately. He remained on the field for roughly 10 minutes before he was loaded onto a stretcher and taken away.
The Dolphins said shortly before halftime that he was conscious and had movement in all his extremities at the hospital, the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel said Tagovailoa called for him when he went down.
The entire Dolphins team surrounded him midfield as Tagovailoa was carted off, and the crowd chanted, “Tua! Tua!”
“I could tell it wasn’t the same guy that I was used to seeing,” McDaniel said. “It was a scary moment. He was evaluated for a concussion. He’s in the concussion protocol, but he’s being discharged.
The signal caller was injured last week after he fell backward and hit his head. But this injury is much more severe and Tagovailoa was immediately rushed to a Cincinnati trauma center.
#Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa is still down on his back after taking a sack. Prayers to Tua🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻pic.twitter.com/Lg3d1uN3Ip
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As a result of the injury, the Dolphins are unbeaten no more.
The Fins fell short 27-15 to the Bengals on Thursday Night Football in Cincinnati.
Tua did fly home with the team, but did suffer a severe concussion.
Teddy Bridgewater threw for 193 yards, one touchdown, and an interception in his place as the Fins fell to 3-and-1 on the season. Tyreek Hill had 10 catches for 160 yards in defeat.