Tua Tagovailoa is seen on the field after being struck by a Buffalo Bill.
Matt Milano of the Buffalo Bills received a final punishment from the NFL after his hit on Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa sparked a week-long controversy over the league’s concussion protocol.
In the second quarter of last week’s 21-19 Dolphins victory, Milano was called for a late hit on Tagovailoa, resulting in a 15-yard penalty for the Bills and sending the Dolphins quarterback to the locker room for a concussion assessment. Teddy Bridgewater took over for him in the first half before he came back to lead Miami to victory.
NFL Decides on Punishment for Milano
Fines for Week 3 games were announced by the league on Saturday. One fine was issued from the Bills game; it was a $13,261 fine for unsportsmanlike conduct against Dolphins defensive end Christian Wilkins after he fought with Bills quarterback Josh Allen.
The league decided that Milano’s play did not warrant a penalty despite the fact that he was flagged for a late hit for pushing Tagovailoa after he released the ball. At the time, the NFL and Dolphins came under fire for letting Tagovailoa return despite the fact that he was seen stumbling after the hit, which caused him to fall backward and hit his head on the ground.
At the time, the Dolphins claimed that Tagovailoa’s head injury wasn’t actually caused by the play.
According to my understanding of the Tua Tagovailoa situation, he tweaked his back during a sneak in the first quarter but didn’t miss any time, NFL insider Ian Rapoport tweeted. “His back locked up as a result of the Matt Milano hit, causing him to wobble. the locker room for a thorough concussion assessment. Completely free. On the field now.
When Tagovailoa was sacked and concussed during a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, the Dolphins came in for more criticism. Critics disagreed with the team’s claim that he injured his back in the previous game against the Bills and shouldn’t have been allowed to play in the first place.
Fallout from Bills-Dolphins Game
The effects of Milano’s assault on Tagovailoa persisted all week. On October 1, the independent neurotrauma expert who had given Tagovailoa the all-clear to play again following his hit against the Bills was let go.
The decision to permit Tagovailoa to return to the Bills game was still being looked into, according to a joint statement from the league and NFL Players Association. The two sides also concurred on new changes to the concussion protocol, which forbade players from coming back after falling, as Tagovailoa did after being hit by Milano.
According to ESPN and other reports, the independent neurotrauma consultant who cleared Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa during Sunday’s game against the Bills has been fired after it was discovered he made “several mistakes” in his assessment.
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The Head Neck and Spine Committee of the NFL and the NFLPA have already started discussing the use of the term “Gross Motor Instability,” and according to a joint statement, “The NFL and the NFLPA agree that changes to the protocol will be made in the coming days based on what has been learned thus far in the review process.”
The unaffiliated neurotrauma consultants who devote their time and knowledge to our sport solely to advance player safety are greatly appreciated by both the NFL and NFLPA. For the past twelve seasons, this program has improved the safety of our sport for the athletes who participate in it.