Tagovailoa was knocked out of the game with minutes to go in the half and it appeared at the time that he would be gone for the rest of the game. The quarterback wobbled to the sideline and was taken back to the locker room before halftime.
This is what happened to Tua Tagovailoa after his head hit the turf hard. Not sure how you let him back in.
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) September 25, 2022
But when the second half begin, he was right back on the field, directing his team and stunning the NFL audience watching the game.
Tua’s return was, for the most part, met with surprise and happiness by most fans.
Tua just ran out of the tunnel pumping the crowd up here at HRS
— Travis Wingfield (@WingfieldNFL) September 25, 2022
Tua coming back on the field
— Sports Cards – Wax Soul (@WaxSoulRips) September 25, 2022
A lot of NFL fans, however, are questioning the NFL’s concussion protocol that would let Tagovailoa back in the game when it appeared he had no business being on the field after he was unable to leave under his own power.
Tua is back in the Miami game after a noticeably significant concussion. Just throw the concussion protocol out the window, what’s even the point?
— laura valle (@lauraofthevalle) September 25, 2022
I’ve ruptured L5/S1 and had back spasms and never looked like that. I’ve had multiple concussions and looked JUST like that.
Everyone is different….
But sadly, that man was concussed. https://t.co/pKLE4hIuff
— Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) September 25, 2022
Wait a second, how in the hell is Tua back in this game. He literally collapsed to the ground after getting up from his head slamming on the turf.
Player safety? 🤦🏻♂️🤦🏻♂️🤦🏻♂️
— Lᴀᴡʀᴇɴᴄᴇ Tʏɴᴇs (@lt4kicks) September 25, 2022
The Dolphins aren’t the only ones dealing with injuries. The Bills have had several players leaving the game having to deal with heat exhaustion. Meanwhile, although Tagovailoa has returned to the game, you can notice he is not as crisp as he was in the first half.