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Tua Tagovailoa discharged from hospital, flies home with team

9/30/2022 12:05:40 PM
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Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was taken by ambulance to a Cincinnati-area hospital after sustaining head and neck injuries during his team's 27-15 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night, Grant Gordon of reports.

He was later discharged from the hospital on Thursday and flew home with the team, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday morning.

Following the game, Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel said Tagovailoa suffered a concussion and nothing "more serious."

Tagovailoa, who was ruled out of the game, was conscious throughout and had full movement in his extremities. He is in concussion protocol, per McDaniel.

"That was an emotional moment, that is not part of the deal that anyone signs up for, even though you know it's a possibility in football to have something that you have to get taken off on a stretcher," McDaniel said. "All of his teammates and myself, we were all very concerned, so the best news that we could get is that everything's checked out, that he didn't have anything more serious than a concussion, and will be flying back with us here on the plane."

The quarterback's injury occurred in the second quarter when he was sacked by Cincinnati defensive tackle Josh Tupou with around six minutes left in the first half, and was slung down to the turf, appearing to hit the back of his head. In a frightening sight, Tagovailoa was on the ground with his arms outstretched, contorting his fingers, somewhat like a boxer or fighter after a knockout in what is referred to as a fencing response.

Tagovailoa stayed on the ground for a few minutes while trainers attended to him before a stretcher was brought out to take him off the field. He was then taken by ambulance to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

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