Dolphins quarterback Tagovailoa insists he doesn’t want to be known for ‘the Tua rule’ but admits he’s learned not to ‘try to be a superhero’ as he returns to the field after a concussion
- Tua Tagovailoa suffered a concussion on September 29 in Cincinnati Bengals
- The concussion occurred just days after he also suffered a brutal blow to the Bills
- The scary incident sparked criticism of the competition’s concussion protocol
- The quarterback returns on Sunday in the Dolphins’ game against the Steelers
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Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has said he is aware he is central to player safety in the NFL, but has insisted he doesn’t want to be known for it before his return to the field.
Tagovailoa will mark his return against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Sunday Night Football. He is playing for the first time since leaving the field on a stretcher after sustaining a concussion against Cincinnati.
The quarterback was central to player safety in the NFL after he suffered a concussion against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 29, just days after he also suffered a heavy blow to the Buffalo Bills.
Miami Dolphins’ quarterback Tua Tagovailoa doesn’t want to be known for his concussion
He was central to player safety after concussion against the Bengals
The incident sparked criticism of the league’s handling of concussions, with some disapproving of the decision to allow Tagovailoa to re-enter the game against the Bills.
The NFL and NFLPA announced they would be working together to revise the league’s concussion protocol, but Tagovailoa insisted he didn’t want changes to be called the “Tua Rule.”
Prior to the Dolphins’ game against the Steelers on Sunday Night Football, the NBC quarterback: “I understand that with what happened in Cincinnati and before that was Buffalo, the incidents that happened and they were within a four day span, guys were trying really find a way to help.
Tagovailoa told NBC he didn’t want protocol changes called the ‘Tua Rule’
“I’m all for player safety, but when I hear guys say ‘Oh, this is the Tua rule’ or ‘This is a rule because of Tua’, I don’t want to be known that much. I just want to go out there and do good things for my team, help my team win.”
Tagovailoa did admit, however, that the health issues in the wake of the concussion will affect the way he plays.
“If you think about how much longer I’m going to play, get the ball out,” he said. “If I get fired, just fall down, don’t try to be a superhero.
“That’s something that’s in me, to always try to make something happen, but sometimes the smartest or best game is to toss the ball and just kick the ball.”
Tagovailoa was cleared to return on September 25, despite stumbling to the ground and continuing to struggle even after getting back on his feet. Teammates had to help keep the 24-year-old Hawaiian upright before he was taken out of the game just before half time
He also revealed that his parents, Galu and Diane, were very concerned about his safety, but insisted he enjoyed his return to the field after missing the game.
“That was their main concern prior to the injury and then things in the hospital and after that and after that the interview process, seeing second opinion doctors.
‘But for me I like football. I just love it. I like the feeling it gives. I love that football can help change people’s lives. I just missed it. I just missed playing.’
The Miami Dolphins quarterback is being transported by a medical team after he was fired during the second quarter at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati on September 29, 2022, by Josh Tupou, the Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle.
Tagovailoa was sent off with a concussion against the Bengals in Week 4 after a goal by Josh Tupou of Cincinnati, just days after being allowed back into the game against the Buffalo Bills, despite being analyzed for a possible head injury .
He got a hit from Bills linebacker Matt Milano in the first half that knocked his head off the turf. He then seemed disoriented and tripped as he tried to get up.
He passed halftime concussion exam against the Bills and the team and quarterback later clarified that a back injury had caused a stumbling block.