Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa Sep 29, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Josh Tupou (68) sacks Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) in the second quarter at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati. Tagovailoa sustained a head injury on the play and left the game for treatment. Mandatory Credit: Kareem Elgazzar-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins suffered their first loss of the 2022 season on Thursday, falling 27-15 to the Cincinnati Bengals. This game, though, will be remembered less for the final score and more for what happened to Miami quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa.

In Week 3’s win over the Buffalo Bills, Tagovailoa was hit and after getting up, fell to the ground while lightly jogging to the line of scrimmage. He remained in the game. While the NFL insists that the proper protocols were followed, the NFLPA launched an investigation. The already ample concern surrounding Tua’s health was only raised by what happened on Thursday night in Cincinnati.

Late in the first half, Tua was knocked out while being sacked. He left the field on a stretcher and was taken to a hospital. The many replays shown of the frightening hit did the Dolphins no favors in the NFL world.

Former NFL player Chris Long tweeted his support, saying “Pulling for Tua, scary as hell. I hope I’m being overly cynical but I think s**t just got real for the dolphins. This is going to play out loudly.”

He was not the only person to express those feelings. Several NFL players, both past and present, took to Twitter to criticize the Dolphins.

Late in the game, it was announced that Tua “is expected to be discharged from the medical center here in Cincinnati, and the team tells me they believe he will be traveling back to Miami with them tonight.”

On the surface, that might seem like good news. But in 2011, Kris Dielman of the then San Diego Chargers sustained a concussion during a game. He attempted to fly home after the game but that had disastrous (and nearly far worse) results.

If anything good can come from this, it’s that the NFL might use this incident to further tighten up the concussion protocol so incidents like this don’t happen again.

That’s the hope, anyway.

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