Anticipating changes in concussion protocol: NFL, NFLPA release joint statement following Tue Tagovailoa's injury

The union has said that changes to concussion protocol are needed to 'enhance' player safety.

Aakash SrivastavaAuthor

Updated - 02 October 2022 07:15 PM

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In the wake of Tue Tagovailoa concussion controversy, the NFL and NFLPA have released a joint statement expressing their anticipation of modifications in the league's concussion protocol. The union has said that changes to concussion protocol are needed to 'enhance' player safety.

Notably, Miami Dolphins' Tua Tagovailoa suffered a concussion against the Cincinnati Bengals, four days after being injured in their previous game. Reportedly, doctors who cleared quarterback Tagovailoa for Thursday's game have been fired from their position. 

In a joint statement, the NFL and the NFLPA informed that an investigation is underway and few changes to the rules are very likely. "The NFL and the NFLPA agree that modifications are needed to the concussion protocol to enhance player safety. We anticipate changes to the protocol being made in the coming days based on what has been learned thus far in the review process," read the joint statement.

During the game against Buffalo Bills last Sunday, Tagovailoa appeared unsteady after a big tackle but returned to the field in the second half following evaluation. However, Tagovailoa's hand appeared to spasm, and he was taken off on a stretcher against the Bills on Thursday. The NFL said that every indication was that proper protocol had been followed on Sunday. 

NFL chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills said Tagovailoa was examined for concussion symptoms before being cleared to play on Thursday by an independent neurologist. "The NFL and NFLPA share a strong appreciation for the unaffiliated neurotrauma consultants who contribute their time and expertise to our game solely to advance player safety. This program has made our game safer for the athletes who play it for the past 12 seasons," the statement read.

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