The NFL Players Association’s Health and Safety Committee has formally approved an update to the joint NFL-NFLPA concussion protocol designed to protect players by closing “loopholes” in overall motor instability, it said. NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero reported on Friday. The next step is for the NFL to approve the final language of the updated protocol.
“Our union has agreed to change our concussion protocol to prevent players from returning to play in the event of an accident similar to the one that occurred on September 25,” the NFLPA said in a statement. Stated. “To protect our players immediately, we hope that these changes will take effect before this weekend’s game and that the NFL will have accepted the changes by then.”
The NFL and NFLPA last weekend updated their concussion protocol parameters to exclude players who exhibit significant motor instability, regardless of possible factors, like Tua Tagovailoa in the Dolphins’ Week 3 game against the Bills. agreed with
The NFL responded to the NFLPA’s statement late Friday afternoon.
“As discussed with the NFLPA, we agree that changes to the NFL-NFLPA participation protocol are necessary to further improve player safety,” the NFL said in a statement. We spoke with members of the NFL’s Head, Neck and Spine Commission and a leader of unaffiliated neurotrauma consultants and independent certified athletic trainers who serve as spotters to discuss these potential changes.”
Tagovailoa was briefly sidelined during the first half of the Sept. 25 game against Buffalo after the team first announced he suffered a head injury following a hit from linebacker Matt Milano. Tagovailoa got up, shook his head, stumbled and started trotting forward before dropping out of the game. Tagovailoa returned to play after half-time.
After the Dolphins won 21-19, Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel told reporters Tagovailoa suffered a hip injury in the first half, which was exacerbated by a hit from Milan, which caused Tagovailoa’s stumble. He said that he became
The NFLPA has launched an investigation into Tagovailoa’s handling of concussion ratings following the Dolphins’ Week 3 victory. On Saturday, the NFLPA fired an independent neurotrauma consultant (UNC) who was involved in concussion testing for Tagovailoa during Week 3’s game against Buffalo.
Tagovailoa then endured a horrific clash during last Thursday’s game when he was thrown to the ground by Bengals defensive tackle Josh Tupou. Tagovailoa hit his head on the ground and his arms and hands were locked in fencing reaction. Tagovailoa remained on the turf for several minutes while his trainer tended to him, was taken off the field on a stretcher and taken by ambulance to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he was treated for head and neck injuries.
McDaniel ruled out Tagovailoa for the team’s Week 5 game against the New York Jets on Monday because of the concussion he suffered against the Bengals.
A joint NFL and NFLPA investigation into the application of the concussion protocol to Tagovailoa’s injury remains ongoing with no immediate resolution, Pelissero reported to sources.