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UPDATED: Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa leaves TNF game with head and neck injuries; taken to local hospital for evaluation

Tua was injured after a scary hit from Bengals DT Josh Tupou in the 2nd quarter.

Miami Dolphins v Cincinnati Bengals Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Update (9/30, 5:11 p.m. ET):

Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel met with the media on Friday and gave an extensive update on Tua Tagovailoa’s condition.

Update (9/29, 11:19 p.m. ET):

According to the Amazon Prime Video broadcast’s reporter Kaylee Hartung, Tua Tagovailoa is expected to be discharged from the hospital following a head injury, with the belief that he will travel back to Florida with the team.

The NFLPA also tweeted Thursday night that it is investigating a “potential protocol violation” surrounding the incident.


Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa left Miami’s Thursday Night Football contest against the Cincinnati Bengals in Ohio after a scary hit from Bengals DT Josh Tupou in the 2nd quarter.

Tupou drove Tagovailoa’s head into the turf, with Tua’s helmet slamming violently. It appeared as if the quarterback lost consciousness and his fingers locked up - known as a fencing response.

The entire Dolphins team gathered at midfield while Tagovailoa was stretchered out of the stadium. He was taken directly to the hospital. Shortly after, the Dolphins ruled Tagovailoa out for the remainder of the game with head and neck injuries. Later, the team announced that Tua regained consciousness and did have movement in all of his extremities.

Backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater replaced Tua at quarterback in the game. Bridgewater last played with the Denver Broncos in 2021 where he started 14 games - throwing for 3,052 yards with 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

We will keep you updated with more information on Tua’s condition as it becomes available.