Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel announced Friday that quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will remain on the NFL’s concussion protocol and will miss Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots.
McDaniel first announced on Monday that the player was on the league table after suffering a concussion during a Green Bay Packers game the day before. Tagovailoa played the entire game against the Packers, and the coach was unable to determine when the 24-year-old could have been injured.
Tagovailoa appears to be showing signs of improvement, McDaniel told reporters on Friday.
“I would say that he is better than the day before, but I am also trying to prepare the team for this game and really no one needs to talk in this scenario when he should be focused on his own. health and nothing else,” the coach said.
This is the second time this season that a quarterback has been on the concussion protocol, which is the NFL’s policy for evaluating and caring for players with a concussion.
Veteran defender Teddy Bridgewater is expected to start in Tagovailoa on Sunday.
The NFL and the NFL Players Association investigated the league’s use of concussion protocol for Tagovailoa’s injury and found no violations of that protocol, the NFL and NFLPA said in a joint statement Saturday.
“The audit determined that concussion symptoms did not appear or be reported until the following day, when the team’s medical staff properly examined and placed Mr. V. Tagovailoa on the concussion protocol,” the report said.