NFLPA launches investigation into handling of Tua Tagovailoa’s concussion exam

The Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins matchup might be in the headlines right now thanks to the Butt Punt, but a moment earlier in the game is being questioned by the NFLPA.

In the first half of Miami’s win over the Bills, Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa attempted a throw to his left while under pressure. He fell to the grass, appearing to hit the back of his helmet on the playing surface. After the play, Tagovailoa was visibly shaken, as he staggered to his feet before falling:

The play drew a roughing penalty from the setter, but Tagovailoa was sent to the locker room for medical evaluation. Tagovailoa was initially listed with a head injury, and as questionable to return:

But he came back, bringing the Dolphins back on the field for the second half. The quarterback played the rest of the way, to the surprise of many. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Tagovailoa suffered from a back injury, which allowed him to be shut out at halftime:

Fellow NFL Network inside Tom Pelissero crafted to the standards of the concussion protocol in place:

However, the NFLPA is not satisfied. After the game ended, the NFLPA opened an investigation into the situation and how Tagovailoa was cleared at halftime:

Under the current collective bargaining agreement, the NFLPA, the NFL Board of Management, or any player themselves have the right to file a complaint regarding a player’s treatment under the concussion protocol:

After the game, Tagovailoa and Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel addressed the situation. According to McDaniel, the quarterback “played with back pain:”

Tagovailoa himself indicated that on the play in question, while he hit his head, he first hit his back:

As Cameron Wolfe noted, Tagovailoa had an ice pack on his back after the win.

Still, the NFLPA has the right under the CBA to have the incident reviewed, and according to reports Sunday night, they are making such a request.

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