Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa Suffers a Concussion in Loss to Bengals

Tua Tagovailoa with Alabama Crimson Tide in 2019
Tua Tagovailoa with Alabama Crimson Tide in 2019. Photo by Scott Kinser/CSM/Shutterstock (10413958j)

The Miami Dolphins confirmed that their starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered a concussion in a 15-27 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday. Tagovailoa is currently in concussion protocol, and there is no timetable for his return.

During the second quarter of the game against the Bengals, Tagovailoa was sacked by Josh Tupou and hit his head on the ground while coming down. He left the field on a stretcher and was later transferred to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. The 24-year-old was discharged on the same night and returned to Miami.

Tua Tagovailoa faced a similar situation in Week 3 against the Buffalo Bills when he also hit his head. However, after getting examined by the team doctors, Tagovailoa returned to the field with the Dolphins, saying that he didn’t have concussion symptoms. Despite Miami’s claims, the NFL Players Association asked for a review of the situation.

Tua Tagovailoa had a great start to the 2022 NFL season, throwing for 925 yards and eight touchdowns to lead Miami to wins in the first three games. He had 110 passing yards and an interception before exiting the game against the Bengals.

If Tagovailoa isn’t available for the Dolphins’ Week 5 matchup against the New York Jets, the team will turn over the offense to veteran Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater stepped in for the Bengals games, finishing the contest with 193 passing yards, a TD, and an interception.