After everything that happened with Tua Tagovialoa in the current week, the NFL and the NFLPA are expected to agree on new protocols for the safety of the players. Adam Schefter from ESPN, reported that any time a player demonstrates any instability, he will not be allowed to return to the game.
The new rule could go into effect as early as Week 5.
NFLPA and NFL soon are expected to agree to new protocols in which any time any player demonstrates any instability, he is not allowed to return to the game. The rule could go into effect as early as week 5.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 1, 2022
On Sunday, a lot of questions came when the Dolphins and medics cleared Tua Tagovailoa to come back to the game after he hit his head and stumbled when he got up. On Thurday he started the game against the Cincinnati Bengals and suffered another hit, in which his arms and fingers locked in a fencing response. He left the stadium on an ambulance to be evaluated.
“The NFL and the NFLPA agree that modifications to the Concussion Protocol are needed to enhance player safety”, siad both the Players Associaton and the league in a joint statement. “The NFLPA’s Mackey-White Health & Safety Committee and the NFL’s Head Neck and Spine Committee have already begun conversations around the use of the term ‘Gross Motor Instability’ and we anticipate changes to the protocol being made in the coming days based on what has been learned thus far in the review process.”
On Thurday, Tagovailoa was discharged from the hospital and fly home to Miami with the team. He remains in the league’s concussion protocol to recover after a very scary week.