During Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers, star Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered a concussion. And while he didn’t show any signs or symptoms of a concussion during the game, he did violently slam his head into the turf, and his head coach Mike McDaniel noticed the possible concussion on Monday. But in hindsight, it appears others noticed something was off with Tagovailoa, as well.
During team interviews this week, Dolphins running back Raheem Mostert revealed that while he was “shocked” that Tua Tagovailoa had a concussion, it also “kind of made sense” with what he was experiencing in the huddle and with the “aura” surrounding the offense.
Like, ‘What's going on?’ Not specifically him, but the whole aura of the offense in the huddle. But that's just how ball goes, you would think. But then to come to find out he did have a concussion, that kind of sucks.
— Hal Habib (@gunnerhal) December 28, 2022
“I was shocked. I totally didn’t realize that Tua went through that. But it also kind of made sense towards the end of the game,” Mostert said, according to Habib. “You know, I was asking myself in the huddle, like, ‘What are we doing?’ Like, ‘What’s going on?’ Not specifically him, but the whole aura of the offense in the huddle. But that’s just how ball goes, you would think. But then to come to find out he did have a concussion, that kind of sucks.”
It’s safe to say that NFL is going to have to get better at recognizing concussions like this during the game, and that appears to be the whole premise of the NFLPA investigation.