Tua Tagovailoa

During the second quarter of Thursday night’s game between the Miami Dolphins and the Cincinnati Bengals, Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered a terrifying head injury when the back of his head slammed to the turf during a second-down sack.

The hit immediately knocked Tagovailoa unconscious, leaving his body limp and his arms and fingers abnormally posturing – which is a common, but the quite unnerving outcome of a severe brain injury like the one Tagovailoa appeared to suffer on the field.

Seeing the play live once – followed by the close-up shots of Tagovailoa on the ground unconscious and the immediate response from the medical team – was more than enough for most viewers to understand the extent and severity of Tagovailoa’s injury.

But Amazon Prime – which has exclusive rights to Thursday Night Football games this year – continued to show many up-close, slow-motion replays of Tagovailoa’s scary injury and the aftermath, leading to quite a lot of criticism from the NFL world.


After the scary injury, Tagovailoa left the field on a stretcher and was taken to a nearby hospital for further evaluation with head and neck injuries. The Miami Dolphins announced that he was conscious and had full movement in all of his extremities.