Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel announced Friday that quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will remain under NFL concussion protocol and will miss Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots.
McDaniel first announced on Monday that the player was on league protocol after sustaining a concussion in the Green Bay Packers game a day earlier. Tagovailoa played the entire game against the Packers and the coach couldn’t identify a time when the 24-year-old could have been injured.
Tagovailoa appears to be showing signs of improvement, McDaniel told reporters on Friday.
“I would say he is better than the day before but I am also trying to prepare a team to play this game and it really does no one any favors to speak in this scenario where he has to focus on his health and nothing else. ‘other,’ the coach said.
It’s the second time this season the quarterback has landed in concussion protocol, which is NFL policy for evaluating and treating players who sustain a concussion.
Veteran quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is expected to start in place of Tagovailoa on Sunday.
The NFL and the NFL Players Association are investigating the application of the league’s concussion protocol surrounding Tagovailoa’s injury, a league spokesperson said Wednesday.