DOWN GOES TUA: DOLPHINS QB CARTED OFF AS BENGALS WIN 27-15!

By Melody Miller

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was carted off the field on a stretcher after he appeared to experience his second head injury in less than a week when he was thrown to the ground, hitting his head on the turf.

Midway through the second quarter of a game between Miami and the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night, Tagovailoa dropped back to pass around midfield. Bengals defensive tackle Josh Tupou grabbed Tagovailoa, spun him around and threw him to the ground. Tagovailoa’s elbow hit the ground first, and then the back of his helmet.

Tagovailoa immediately raised his hands with his fingers splayed, a gesture called a “fencing response” that can be a sign of brain injury. Dolphins trainers ran onto the field and, after several minutes, put Tagovailoa on a stretcher and wheeled him off the field while his concerned teammates stood and kneeled nearby.

A few minutes after the injury, the game’s television broadcasters announced that Tagovailoa had sustained head and neck injuries, was conscious and had been taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. The Bengals won the game, 27-15.

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