Gio on handling of Tua Tagovailoa: 'It just doesn't feel right'

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Tua Tagovailoa was on the minds of nearly all NFL fans Thursday night after he was thrown to the ground and sacked, hitting the turf hard in a scary scene that required a stretcher and a trip to the hospital.

But paired with that widespread concern was frustration towards the Dolphins, and even the league, about how the quarterback was handled leading into Thursday’s game. In Sunday’s win against the Bills, Tagovailoa had trouble getting back to his feet after a hit, even falling back to the ground after a couple wobbly steps, and many assumed he was dealing with a concussion, though Miami ultimately announced the diagnosis as a back injury.

Regardless of the accuracy of that diagnosis, Gio was among the NFL fans who found it tough to swallow that Tagovailoa was on the field on Thursday in the first place.

“It doesn’t feel right,” Gio said. “Us as sports fans are conditioned now to look at these concussions and these players and assume that when you see a guy stumbling, he’s not gonna go back in the game.

“I hear all the back stuff, whatever. I’ve never seen a guy stumble like he did last week and then go back into a game. He must have passed something, but it just feels like with all the emphasis on these head injuries, that you can’t take a risk. Now you come back on Thursday Night Football, he plays, this happens to him, he goes to the hospital, they have to take his facemask off, they don’t even move him putting him on the stretcher, and then he’s back with the team and on a plane? It just doesn’t feel right to me.”

Tagovailoa was said to be alert, in “high spirits,” and moving all extremities after the injury, but the sight of the quarterback on his back with his hands seemingly seizing was a frightening reality of the dangers of head trauma, and Gio believes more could have been done to prevent it, especially after a short week for Miami.

“We’ve gone so far from when you played and nobody barely cared about that stuff, barely paying attention, to now, and we’re gonna allow this to happen?” Gio said. “It just doesn’t feel right.”

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