Last Thursday, the Cincinnati Bengals prevailed over the Miami Dolphins by a score of 27-15, evening their record at 2-2. That’s not the biggest takeaway from this game, however. 

While looking to throw deep in the second quarter, Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa ended up getting sacked on the play by the Bengals’ Josh Tupou. Unable to move afterwards, Tua was carted into an ambulance and taken to the nearest local hospital. 

As a refresher—during the previous, Sept. 25 game against the Buffalo Bills, Tagovailoa suffered a hard hit, resulting in a head injury. After being taken to the locker room for a possible concussion, he was released to play again during the third quarter of the game.

Fortunately, Tua maintained normal movement in his extremities after Thursday night’s injury and was able to fly back home with the team. Nevertheless, somebody had to face the consequences for the incident. That individual ended up being the Dolphins’ neurotrauma consultant, who was soon fired after it was discovered that he had made several mistakes in his evaluation of the quarterback following his initial injury against the Bills.

The right thing to do would have been to sit Tagovailoa for Thursday’s game, allowing backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to start instead. In this day and age, players’ safety and wellbeing should be the most important aspect of the National Football League, and that was clearly not taken into consideration in this case.

Following their win, the Bengals will head on the road for an entertaining Sunday night matchup against the Baltimore Ravens. The Dolphins, now 3-1 after suffering their first loss of the season, will stay on the road for their rivalry game against the New York Jets.


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