NFLPA Will Pursue “Every Legal Option” Over Handling Of Tua Tagovailoa’s Injury

The biggest concern coming out of Thursday night’s game between the Dolphins and Bengals is whether or not Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa should have been playing.

NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith said the NFLPA will consider legal remedies as it investigates whether or not Tagovailoa should have been out there following the hit he took during last Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.

Smith sent a statement to two members of the Amazon broadcast team, Andrew Whitworth and Richard Sherman, after Tagovailoa was taken off the field on a stretcher and transported to the hospital for evaluation of head and neck injuries, per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

“We insisted on these rules to avoid exactly this scenario,” Smith said. “We will pursue every legal option, including making referrals against the doctors to licensing agencies and the team that is obligated to keep our players safe.”


The NFLPA previously launched an investigation into whether Tagovailoa should have returned to Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills after going through concussion protocol.

Miami has announced no further updates about his status as of Friday morning.

The NFLPA didn’t provide a timetable for its investigation into the Dolphins’ handling of last week’s concussion protocol enforcement.

Their next game is scheduled for Oct. 9 against the New York Jets.