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.
what are we doing
— Bill DiFilippo (@billdifilippo) September 30, 2022
Amazon going real hard on the replays
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) September 30, 2022
Amazon gotta stop showing this Tua injury and response.
— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) September 30, 2022
Stop showing the replay.
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) September 30, 2022
Why the hell would you replay this man laying on the ground like that…prayers up tua 🙏🏾
— Dont'a Hightower (@zeus30hightower) September 30, 2022
We’ve seen the replay way too many times
— Trevor (@tgart84) September 30, 2022
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.