Dr. Allen Sills vows to release results of Tua Tagovailoa investigation “to everyone”

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As the NFL and NFL Players Association investigate the circumstances resulting in Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa‘s return to play on Sunday against the Bills, the NFL’s Chief Medical Officer has made an important commitment.

In an interview with NFL Media’s Judy Battista, Dr. Allen Sills promised full transparency with the outcome of the investigation, which the NFLPA requested.

“As soon as we finish that review, we’ll release the results of that to everyone,” Dr. Sills said. “We want to be as transparent and open about this as possible. We certainly want to learn, to improve, to get better. And we want to be the best in the world at diagnosing and managing these injuries. And so if we find that we fell short, or if we find that there are things that we need to change, we will certainly be up front about doing that. We’ve done that before, and we will certainly do that again, if that’s what’s indicated.”

Sills said that there will be “very serious consequences” if the concussion protocol was not followed. It’s also possible, as we’ve previously explained, that the protocol was followed but that it needs to be changed to, in this case, prevent players from returning to play after they exhibit gross motor instability.

The problem in this case is that the team physician and the Unaffiliated Neurotrauma Consultant found that Tua’s gross motor instability did not have a neurological cause. Few seem to believe that based, on the video. Sills never focused on that critical issue in the nearly nine-minute interview.

We’ve asked the league this specific question three times since Tua returned to play on Sunday: How did the team physician and the UNC conclude that Tua’s “gross motor instability” was not neurologically caused? The first two times we asked that question, there was no response. Today, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy declined to answer “as it part of the review which is ongoing.”

That’s fine, but if there’s going to be any transparency as to the outcome of the review, that’s the most important question. And if it’s determined that the team physician and the Unaffiliated Neurotrauma Consultant properly (somehow) ruled out a neurological cause of the wobbliness that all witnessed, the next question is whether that loophole will be closed, making any gross motor instability an automatic “no go.”

44 responses to “Dr. Allen Sills vows to release results of Tua Tagovailoa investigation “to everyone”

  1. Where NFL football is concerned the words “full transparency” last only until they hit something that they dont want said and cant spin or lie their way around. Thats when reports and transcripts start getting sealed.

  2. I think the Docs probably followed the protocols, but didn’t use their eyes or common sense.

  3. Imagine if a player hit Brady like that. That said player would be banished from the league by goodell. Brady’s non stop wailing would still be heard around the globe some 20 hours later

  4. Good. Not that anyone will listen to the actual facts. People would rather speculate and believe social media and writers.

  5. Dr. Sills is on the case and his report will be forthcoming. Once we see it we can break out the pitchforks, if necessary.

  6. If the Dolphins are at fault, I hope the NFL actually levies punishment. After all, the Dolphins have been accused of attempting to throw games and breaking protocols to hire Payton and snag Brady.

  7. So, who pays for the Unaffiliated Nuerotrauma Consultant? The league? The union? They just pass the hat around? Inquiring minds…

  8. The hit on Tua was not a dirty hit. Tua would likely be fine if he hadn’t still been concussed from last Sunday.

  9. Why is it I see the the independent neurologist as Doctor Nick from the simpsons sat in the stands in dolphins gear

  10. When a million viewers at Home who have no medical background can clearly see a guy is wobbly, and very unsteady on his feet, why can’t those who are supposed to be the professionals see it? Clearly the system is broken

  11. But going forward is Tua at risk fer more injury/problems/issues? 2 weeks in a row seems like they are related so 3rd week in a row could be scary. Tua’s mental status could be a concern as well. Wobbly week 2,rigid digits week 3,what could week 4 and on bring? Another occurrence if problems what about going forward?

  12. How are you guys blaming everybody and their brother for a hard hit that someone took in a game? It’s football, just end the sport entirely then.

  13. One thing a lot of people aren’t remembering was the flagged hit Tua took a couple of plays earlier, where his back got twisted like a pretzel. Maybe that hit had a bigger effect than anyone thought and set him up for the next hit that put him out.

  14. How is the coach not responsible, there is no way you could let your guy go in after that. Regardless of what the Dr says, common sense. Let’s not blame a young head coach who has the ultimate responsibility over his players.

  15. No HIPPA concerns here?
    Player injuries are well documented and reported on a weekly basis (sometimes daily) when it affects their ability to play from week-to-week. I imagine they sign some kind of waiver when they join the league and are members of the NFLPA.
    By the way, the acronym is HIPAA – Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.

  16. If the NFL REALLY cared about player safety they wouldn’t play Thursday games.. it’s all about the money.

  17. It should be, as it is, up to the medical staff. There is also a need for disclosure from the player. They’re nearly always going to try to be with their teammates, the doctors need to sometimes protect the players from themselves. A torn ACL may shorten your career, a series of concussions could shorten your life.

  18. It’s about privacy. From insurance, inability to pay, to injury. Whatever can be taken advantage of, even down to being humiliated, has been done and thus made illegal. These guys sign something so teams do not HIDE behind HIPPA to get a competitive advantage.
    My example: Humiliated: The below was said with a negative ‘malice’ tone. Like I hate poor people, I’m better than you:
    I was sitting in a doctor’s office with 12+ other people and the desk/intake person yelled my name out loud and asks if Medicaid was still my primary insurance. I was 45 y/o, 6’2″ and 205 and dressed respectfully. I stood up, people looking me up and down and said “I have MEDICARE. Medicare is for disabled people. Medicaid is for poor people. I have two lung diseases from the World Trade Center. I was deemed disabled by my police department and Social Security. By the way, you just got fired”. I will never forget those looks which then turned on her. Her panicked face was getting even enough. Hopefully she learned her lesson. I let it slide. Those people fire themselves, in time.

  19. Someone above suggested it’s the coach’s fault. No way, you can’t put medical decisions on a coach for so many obvious reasons; 1st among them is he’s likely not a very specifically trained highly qualified medical professional. Ultimately, I believe this falls on the players, their union. Not that we needed more evidence, but the NFL (Goodell’s offices) run tv commercials during games on how they’re improving safety, even specific helmet improvements, the commercial break ends then seconds later this type of stuff happens. To some extent the NFL has the players health & safety in mind but no one has it more in mind than the players/union. The NFL (management) needs to administer the protocols, they have the infrastructure, but the protocols should be 100% (effectively) designed by the players union. These are people’s lives we’re dealing with here. The union and players can talk a big game, make comments about using every legal remedy, blah, blah, blah…but it’s the players health & safety on the line here, they’re responsible (more specifically Union management) for drawing the line in the sand, including a strike (imagine the public perception if the players went on strike because Roger wouldn’t put in better health protocols, Roger would be fired in a minute) if necessary. The fact that this was allowed to happen, aside from absolute gross negligence by the NFL, is on the players/Union, no one else. This is ultimately the players and the unions responsibility, stop passing the buck, union/players.

  20. You wrote all that just to show you don’t know, Again, EMPLOYERS are not bound to HIPAA. ONLY doctors(independent of the NFL) insurance providers and insurance clearing houses are bound to it. The NFL and any doctor under their employ can share whatever info the NFL wants to. Why there are injury reports every week. Don’t hear people crying HIPAA in the injury report article JUST POSTED. They don’t sign anything because the NFL doesn’t need their consent.

  21. From Adam Schefter: As is its right under the protocol, the NFLPA requested a joint investigation into the Dolphins’ handling of Tagovailoa’s injury in the Bills game. The investigation began immediately. During a conference call three days later, NFL executive vice president Jeff Miller said that “every indication from our perspective” suggested that the Dolphins followed the protocols.

  22. zeke2517 says:
    September 30, 2022 at 6:19 pm
    These Dolphin fans pretending they know what HIPAA is… you guys are adorable.

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    Very cute.

    The Miami Cheaters also claim that you don’t need to repprt
    the actual injury on the injury report becauae they’re special and a new media darling in Sept.

    If Tua was “cleared”, why is it that he didn’t have a concussion. You don’t “clear” someone who has a tweaked back.

    You either sit him down for a series, put him back in or bench
    him. There is no protocol for a “back” injury.

    This doctor just got caught in a lie like McDaniel is.

  23. mainephishphan says:
    September 30, 2022 at 5:11 pm
    No HIPPA concerns here?

    MortimerInMiami says:
    September 30, 2022 at 5:23 pm
    HIPPA Laws?

    It’s HIPAA people, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

  24. Do people realIze Sills works for Goodell? Goodell’s lawyers are scripting what he is saying except the dumb laywers, the same ones who ruahed the UNSIGNED Brady appeal into NY courts, are already screwing up.

    Why would would they be checking a qb everyday in a protocol for a back injury? There is no back protocol.

    Sills is a snake oil salesman who voted for you know who.

    Get Goodell on a live mic now. Enough is enough.

  25. No one on the outside gets to see the injured player being examined in the tent or the locker room,or who is doing the examining. How will anyone know the truth of what went on in there? This has most likely been going on for years. Look at all the players with CTE.

  26. NFL pushed for Thursday Night Football. NFL pushed for 17 games. They pushed for international travel/games. They will push for an 18th game. They could care less about player safety. Sadly the only entity holding them accountable is the media. Without the media, the players would be lucky to get decent health insurance.

  27. They probably followed the protocols. It is very likely he passed all the tests and they knew he had a lower back injury which can cause that kind of stumbling. He swore up and down he didn’t have a headache or any other symptoms. The problem is the protocol, not the doctors. The protocol needs to be that if he demonstrates that kind of instability, he’s automatically out.

  28. Something tells me this “independent” neurologist has a weekly tee time with Stephen Ross

  29. Dolphins fans on here commenting “HIPPA violation?” are even more pathetic than Pats practice taping truthers. Signed, an ashamed Dolphins fan

  30. isnt there supposed the be a neutral third party Neurologist at every game to check for concussions??!

  31. One thing a lot of people aren’t remembering was the flagged hit Tua took a couple of plays earlier, where his back got twisted like a pretzel. Maybe that hit had a bigger effect than anyone thought and set him up for the next hit that put him out.


    Not the case. Tua’s back did not get twisted like a pretzel. In fact it was a very mild hit, possibly a little late. But it was only a push and he fell straight backwards. The back of his head hit the ground which may have caused the possible concussion. The issue remains that after his reaction there is no way that his wobble was caused by back pain. And he should have been pulled from the game for his own sake.

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