Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa appeared to suffer a concussion against the Buffalo Bills. He was removed from the game.
Tagovailoa had an incredible start to the regular season, throwing six touchdowns in his first two games with a new receiving corps. In a Week 3 matchup with the Bills, Tagovailoa had a chance to show out in arguably the best matchup of the early games.
Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle built up Tua all offseason, specifically targeting how much his deep ball had improved. Unfortunately, that hype came crashing down last in the first half against Buffalo.
What happened to Tua Tagovailoa?
Tagovailoa was replaced by Teddy Bridgewater near the end of the first half, as he was roughed by a Bills defender and appeared to come down awkwardly. While we don’t know the extent of Tua’s injury, any concussion should be taken seriously.
Tagovailoa struggled to walk off the field after taking his hit to the head.
Per Ian Rapoport, Tagovailoa actually suffered a back injury.
The NFLPA has launched an investigation into how Tagovailoa’s injury was handled.
Tua Tagovailoa somehow returned to the game after that
It was beyond scary to watch Tua crumble back to the turf after trying to walk off the hit he took, and it was no surprise he left the game. Somehow, despite what we saw and how bad he looked, Tua started the second half under center for the Dolphins.
Miami put Tua through concussion protocol during halftime and he apparently didn’t show enough signs to be ruled out. After clearing protocol, Tua returned.
Who is the Dolphins backup quarterback?
With Tagovailoa out, Teddy Bridgewater will be called into action. Bridgewater has plenty of starting experience, both in Minnesota with the Vikings and New Orleans with the Saints under Drew Brees and Sean Payton. He’s a solid backup plan for the Dolphins should Tua be forced to miss any significant time.