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NFL and NFLPA say changes to concussion protocol needed after Tua Tagovailoa incident

Tagovailoa was selected fourth in the 2020 draft by the Dolphins

The NFL and its players’ union have said changes to concussion protocol are needed to “improve” player safety.

In a joint statement, the NFL and NFLPA said an investigation was underway, but changes to the protocol were likely.

it’s Has been reportedexternal link that the doctor who cleared quarterback Tagovailoa for Thursday’s game has been fired.

“The NFL and NFLPA agree that modifications to the concussion protocol are needed to improve player safety,” they said.

“We anticipate changes to the protocol to be made in the coming days based on what has been learned so far in the review process.”

In a game against the Buffalo Bills last Sunday, Tagovailoa looked shaky after a big inning, but was evaluated after the incident and cleared to return to the field for the second half.

However, his hands appeared to spasm and he was stretchered out against the Bengals on Thursday.

The NFL said everything indicated proper protocol had been followed on Sunday.

NFL medical director Dr. Allen Sills said Tagovailoa was checked for concussion symptoms before being cleared to play Thursday by an independent neurologist.

“The NFL and NFLPA share a great appreciation for unaffiliated neurotrauma consultants who contribute their time and expertise to our game solely to improve player safety,” the statement said.

“This program has made our game safer for the athletes who have played it for the past 12 seasons.”

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