The unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant involved in clearing Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa during Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills has been fired after it was found he made “several mistakes” in his evaluation, a league source told ESPN.
The source said the NFL Players Association exercised its right to dismiss the consultant. The NFLPA and the league each have the right to fire a UNC without agreement from the other party.
Tagovailoa briefly left Sunday’s game after hitting the back of his head on the ground and stumbling while trying to return to the huddle. He was taken to the locker room and tested for a concussion but returned to the game after passing his evaluation. The Dolphins initially listed him as questionable to return with a head injury but later clarified that a back injury Tagovailoa suffered earlier in the game caused him to stumble.
The NFLPA’s decision to terminate the unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant involving in clearing Tua Tagovailoa came after the union’s discovery of “several mistakes” made by the doctor in its view, per source.
— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) October 1, 2022
The NFLPA has terminated the unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant involved in Tua Tagovailoa’s concussion check last Sunday.
The decision reportedly came after the union’s discovery of “several mistakes” made by the doctor.
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— Front Office Sports (@FOS) October 1, 2022