Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel admitted he and the rest of the team were extremely concerned following Tua Tagovailoa's injury on Thursday Night Football. In the second quarter, Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Josh Tupou sacked Tagovailoa.
In the process of the sack, Tagovailoa's head and back banged against the surface of the field. The medical team immediately rushed to check out on Tagovailoa, who was stretched out of the field and admitted to a local hospital.
"It was a scary moment," McDaniel said. "He was evaluated for a concussion and he's in the concussion protocol. That was an emotional moment that is not part of the deal that anyone signs up for even though you know it's a possibility in football to have something that you have to be taken off on a stretcher.
All of his teammates, myself, we're all very concerned. The best news we can give is that everything is checked out that he didn't have anything more serious than a concussion. He'll be flying back with us here on a plane."
McDaniel was extremely worried about Tagovailoa
After Tagovailoa went down, he appeared to be woozy.
Shortly after Tagovailoa was admitted to hospital, the Dolphins announced that he was conscious and had movement in all his extremities "I saw him lay down. I saw that it looked like he (had) some stress going on with the impact of the hit.
And then once I got out to the field, I knew right away that this was at least a concussion," McDaniel said. "I was worried about those other things on top of that. I was obviously very worried about his head, but you know you wanted to make sure that all things with relation to the spine and back -- you want to make sure that's okay.
But it was very clear to me from the onset he, had, I didn't really know the degree of -- but I knew he had the concussion. He was asking for me and when he saw me I could just tell that it wasn't the same guy that I'm used to seeing." Tagovailoa is currently in the concussion protocol.