Tua Tagovailoa felt he hyperextended his back, didn’t suffer head injury

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When Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was taken to the locker room for a concussion evaluation in the first half of Sunday’s game against the Bills, it didn’t seem like he had a great chance of returning to the game.

Tagovailoa was helped off after a late hit by Bills linebacker Matt Milano and he stumbled after getting up, which is why it came as a surprise when he returned to the game a short time later. Tagovailoa remained in for the duration of the 21-19 win and spent time in his postgame press conference discussing the series of events.

Tagovailoa said he hurt his back on a quarterback sneak earlier in the game and then hurt it again on the hit by Milano before hitting his head.

“On the quarterback sneak, kinda got my legs caught under someone and they were trying to push back,” Tagovailoa said, via David Furones of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “It felt like I hyperextended my back. On the next play, I hit my back and kinda hurt it. Then I got up and that’s kinda like when I stumbled. For the most part, I’m good. Passed whatever concussion protocol they had.”

Tagovailoa said he felt “uncomfortable” after returning to action and credited adrenaline with helping him play through the pain. He also said his goal now is to get the back right and he’ll have a short week to do so with the Bengals looming on Thursday.

20 responses to “Tua Tagovailoa felt he hyperextended his back, didn’t suffer head injury

  1. The kids tough, humble, and he’s got the arm to make the throws. What’s not to like about him? He just keeps winning football games. But I’ll gladly read all the excuses for his performances, it means people are finally taking notice.

  2. Yeah that was a head injury. You don’t get up dizzy falling all over the place because your back hurts.

  3. st1llperfect says:
    September 25, 2022 at 5:20 pm
    He’s no Mac. But, ballers ball.

    Thank Goodness he’s no MacNoodle , good luck with that .

  4. If you watch the actual sequence. He was hit in the back and torqued oddly before the sack play.

  5. People talking about a concussion should look at the sneak where he was clearly hurting. Anyone with a back injury can attest to feeling like you have been shot

  6. That was a pretty 45-yard strike to Waddle in stride for a concussed guy to throw. Imagine what he could do if he wasn’t seeing stars.

  7. Congratulations Dolphins fans, you won your “Super Bowl” for the season!


    If it was true it would give them one more than Buffalo has!! Lol!!!

  8. I’ve had back issues and have briefly lost the ability to walk. He wasn’t walking like he was dizzy (side to side meandering). He stumbled like someone who briefly lost muscle control over his legs. Looked very similar to what I experienced more than once with lower back issues.

  9. I’ve had a back injuries, and it didnt leave me stumbling around and collapsing on the ground… It made it so I could not stand up. That dude didnt know where he was. He looked like a fighter that wakes up and starts fighting the doctors and ref after a knockout

  10. What did any of you expect him to say? The fact that he felt no effects or had any other issues with his back from that point forward tells you that either, A: it was a head injury, or B: he was injecting with something at the half to prevent his back from giving out again. Back issue causing your legs to give out just doesn’t go away like that.

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