Miami Dolphins Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is reportedly "doing well" after suffering a concussion during a Thursday night matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals last week.
Tagovailoa, 24, suffered the injury during the second quarter of the game when his head hit the ground after being hit by Bengals' nose tackle Josh Tupou. As reported by CBN News, it was clear Tagovailoa's health was in danger after he hit the ground and his hands and arms froze up.
After laying on the field unresponsive for almost 10 minutes, Tagovailoa was lifted onto a stretcher and taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for evaluation.
"It's an emotional moment. It's not a part of the deal you sign up for. His teammates and myself were very concerned, but he got checked out, and it's nothing more serious than a concussion," Dolphins Coach Mike McDaniel said.
Before the game ended, a Dolphins spokesperson said the quarterback was "conscious" and "had movement in all his extremities."
Perry Stone, the founder of Perry Stone Ministries, shared good news about Tagovailoa on behalf of his father, Galu.
"We and thousands of others began to pray," Stone wrote on Facebook. "Here is the report I received from his father: 'Tua is doing well. Praise God for prayer warriors and intercessors! All scans negative. Nothing torn and nothing broken. No internal bleeding. Neck is still sore, so they are keeping him in a neck brace. MRI when they get home. Returning with the team. Hallelujah. Thank you, Jesus!'"
Fans and former NFL players spoke out following Thursday night's incident, noting that Tagovailoa had suffered a head and neck injury against the Buffalo Bills just four days earlier. Players, however, clarified that he sustained a back injury in the previous game.
Hours before Thursday's game, Neuroscientist and Concussion Legacy Foundation CEO Chris Nowinski, Ph.D., expressed concern over the idea of Tagovailoa taking the field.
"If Tua takes the field tonight, it's a massive step back for #concussion care in the NFL," he tweeted. "If he has a 2nd concussion that destroys his season or career, everyone involved will be sued & should lose their jobs, coaches included. We all saw it, even they must know this isn't right."
If Tua takes the field tonight, it's a massive step back for #concussion care in the NFL.— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) September 29, 2022
If he has a 2nd concussion that destroys his season or career, everyone involved will be sued & should lose their jobs, coaches included. We all saw it, even they must know this isn't right https://t.co/vxpaOif5rh
In a follow-up post, he called for NFL medical staff to be fired after Tagovailoa was hit.
"This is a disaster. Pray for Tua. Fire the medical staffs and coaches. I predicted this, and I hate that I am right. Two concussions in 5 days can kill someone. This can end careers. How are we so stupid in 2022," Nowinski tweeted, along with posting a video of Tagovailoa being slammed into the ground.
This is a disaster. Pray for Tua. Fire the medical staffs and coaches. I predicted this and I hate that I am right. Two concussions in 5 days can kill someone. This can end careers. How are we so stupid in 2022. pic.twitter.com/D8S8eEbgda— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) September 30, 2022
According to ESPN News, an unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant who cleared Tagovailoa after last Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills has been fired. Tagovailoa is also expected to be interviewed early this week as part of the NFL and NFL Players Association's joint investigation into the quarterback's quick return to the field following an injury.
Tagovailoa, who is in his third season with the Dolphins, has previously spoken out about his Christian faith.
"The greatest gift that God could have given us was His Son. It's not just a matter of hearing what Jesus Christ is, it's a matter of getting to know who Jesus Christ is," he said. "To really understand and really feel the identity of who you are because of things that He's done. And I'd say you can only find your identity through Him if you know Him."
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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer. He is also the co-hosts of the For Your Soul podcast, which seeks to equip the church with biblical truth and sound doctrine. Visit his blog Blessed Are The Forgiven.