Concern Tua Tagovailoa’s The future after his second confirmed concussion this season was laid to rest Thursday by his coach, who vowed the Miami Dolphins quarterback “isn’t going anywhere.”
Coach Mike McDaniel told reporters Wednesday the Dolphins he would go with backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots after Tagovailoa was diagnosed with a concussion.
“Medical professionals have told me that it is critical that Tua care only about the day she is currently in and nothing else,” McDaniel said. “It’s better than yesterday. Other than that, I feel like it’s a little weird to extrapolate beyond ‘good,’ which is what it tells me.”
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This marks the third-year quarterback’s second concussion of the season. He previously entered the concussion protocol earlier this year after a game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Calls to bench Tagovailoa for the season due to concerns for his safety have increased, but his coach, Nick Hicks, responded on social media.
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“I know some of you are angry but UNO is not going anywhere for a long, long time,” he wrote in a tweet. “Get over.”
“And by the way, NO ONE cares about your fandom,” he said in a separate tweet. “Being miserable is your own prerogative. Especially when the season isn’t over and the playoffs are up and waiting. So jump ship and find another team. Nobody cares lol. Especially the Miami Dolphins and their players.”
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The quarterback’s brother, Maryland quarterback Taulia TagovailoaHe spoke about Tua’s concussion to The Associated Press on Thursday and expressed uncertainty about his future, but added that he doesn’t think Tua will stop playing soccer.
“Everyone has their opinion,” he said. “My brother, I know he works hard. I know he has a family now. I want my brother to be safe, but at the same time, I know he has a love and passion for football. I feel he is going to make the right decision. The most important thing is to stay safe, so that’s something you have to pray about. I know when it comes down to it, you’ll make the right decision.”