A heartbreaking moment took place on Thursday Night Football during the Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals game. Tua Tagovailoa, the Dolphins third-year QB, had to leave the game on a stretcher, after displaying clear physical responses to significant head and neck trauma.
Tua was sacked in the second quarter in what seemed like a routine play, and his hands began to contract, in what was likely decorticate posturing a condition indicative of significant brain trauma.
The medical teams on site knew immediately what they were dealing with, and called in a stretcher to take the Dolphins QB away. The Miami franchise is likely to face backlash given the speculation that his injury last week may have been a contributing factor to what happened today.
Tua was taken immediately rushed to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, which is around 5 miles away from Paycor Stadium. Coincidentally, this is the same hospital that took care of Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier back when he suffered a career ending injury in 2017. Shazier took to Twitter to wish Tua a speedy recovery.
The Dolphins give a positive update on Tua’s condition
The Miami Dolphins confirmed via their social media accounts that Tua has “full movement of his extremities” and that he is conscious.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is now an NFL analyst, admitted he was having issues doing his new job after his ex teammate’s injury: “I have to be honest, this is really hard right now. When you’re a player, you have to keep playing. It’s really hard for me to be here right now.”
This is a developing story…