“Risk is involved” HOF fears Tua Tagovailoa’s long-term brain health, indicates the risk of severe brain damage

The NFL world was shocked yet again by Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s head injury in the previous game. In the match against the Green Bay Packers, the 24-year-old quarterback didn’t seem to be injured, but following the day, the Dolphins included him on their injury list.

Tua experienced the same fate in September and was eventually hospitalized. Furthermore, at 2:40 in the match, he was seen landing on his back with his head bouncing on the turf. After that, he struggled to play, and many ex-players quickly realized what had happened to the youngster.

Tua’s injury might be far-reaching and it may cause long-term brain issues therefore he needs to be monitored successfully. 

What did former players have to say about the injury?

When the Dolphins announced Tua had suffered a concussion, Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young, another San Francisco 49ers quarterback expressed their deep concern for Tagovailoa, saying, “The final frontier of medical science is the brain. We as players do not understand or have any insight into how much risk is involved with our heads. We don’t know, and medical science can’t really tell us. In the end, we’re out there every day risking something we can’t assess.”

He went on saying, “So Tua goes jumping back in there. I recognize how difficult this is for the NFL and how much is at stake. If we’re gonna be serious about it, we have to be able to test somebody pregame, and they’re out for the game.”

Young could find a reflection of his own head injury, which forced him to retire, just like others who share the same mentality. Robert Griffin, who also had to shorten his career due to injury, said, “When we talk about these head injuries, it’s nothing to play with, You’ve go to put the person ahead of the player. I’m more concerned about Tua and his longevity with life than I am about whether’s he’s gonna play on Sunday. He should not play for the rest of the season.”

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Philadelphia Eagles’ Emmanual Acho also joined with Young and Griffin: “You’ve gotta shut Tua down for the season. Period. No conversation, no discussion, no second thoughts. You’ve got to shut him down for the season.”

“It is better to be safe than to be sorry. The Dolphins have already been sorry once this year.” Acho warned.

The NFL must also be strict in terms of athlete health and safety. Back in September, when Tua Tagovailoa was cleared by the medical team with the head injury, the doctor was fired by the NFLPA.

NFL fans are becoming increasingly concerned in the aftermath of the latest injury. We at SportsZion are hoping for the star quarterback’s healthy return. Tua never ceases to entertain us and we want to see more of him in coming days.

Shahbaj Arefin

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Shahbaj Arefin is a professional Sports Content Writer at SportsZion. He mostly covers NBA, alongside NFL and MLB. His favorite basketball player is Michael Jordan. Arefin is also a football enthusiast. He is a die-hard supporter of Argentina and Chelsea FC, frequently posting on Facebook during the their matches.


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