Tua Tagovailoa

The NFL and NFLPA have reached an agreement that will modify the league’s concussion protocols “in the coming days,” according to a joint statement issued Saturday by the two sides.

The NFL and the players union have been investigating the protocols in the wake of injuries suffered by Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa last Sunday and again on Thursday night. The Dolphins, and the league at large, had been heavily criticized for the process that allowed the quarterback to return to action last Sunday. The NFLPA had called for an investigation in the wake of that incident.

The NFL and NFLPA’s statement noted that the investigation into Tagovailoa’s situation “remains ongoing.”

“Therefore, we have not made any conclusions about medical errors or protocol violations,” the statement noted.

The statement specifically cites discussions about use of the term “Gross Motor Instability,” regarding head injuries.

“We anticipate changes to the protocol being made in the coming days based on what has been learned thus far in the review process,” the statement read.

Fans responding to the NFL/NFLPA statement on Twitter seemed to agree it’s a smart move. Others pointed out it’s too little, too late, especially in Tagovailoa’s case, and it looks like a damage control move.

[Adam Schefter, ESPN]

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