NFL, NFLPA set to interview Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa – The Washington Post

Tagovailoa suffered a concussion, according to the Dolphins, during a game Thursday night at Cincinnati. He is being evaluated and treated under the NFL’s concussion protocols. The Dolphins have said Tagovailoa will not play in Sunday’s game against the New York Jets in East Rutherford, N.J., but they have not specified how long he is expected to be sidelined beyond that.

Four days before the game against the Bengals, Tagovailoa had been cleared to reenter a game against the Buffalo Bills in Miami Gardens, Fla., after he was evaluated for a possible head injury. He’d stumbled after getting to his feet following a play on which he was knocked to the ground and appeared to hit his head on the turf. Tagovailoa and Coach Mike McDaniel said after that game that the quarterback had suffered a back injury, rather than a head injury.

The NFL and NFLPA announced Saturday that they have agreed to make changes to their concussion protocols related to an exception to a provision addressing “gross motor instability.” That exception gave doctors the leeway to clear the quarterback if they determined his motor instability did not have a neurological cause, allowing Tagovailoa to return to the Sept. 25 game against the Bills. The pending protocol change probably will prevent any player who exhibits motor instability from being cleared to reenter a game.

The NFL and NFLPA said in a joint statement Saturday that their investigation “remains ongoing,” and they have not reached “any conclusions about medical errors or protocol violations.” They said they “share a strong appreciation for the unaffiliated neurotrauma consultants who contribute their time and expertise to our game solely to advance player safety.”

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