Chris Nowinski knows head injuries well, and he has some advice for Tua Tagovailoa.
Don’t play again this season, and don’t play for the Dolphins ever again.
The quarterback is at the center of the biggest story in the NFL. He sustained a concussion Thursday against the Bengals and had to be stretchered off. That alone would be bad enough, but just days earlier on Sunday, Tagovailoa sustained an injury that he and the Dolphins claim was a back injury, however he had shown telltale signs of a head injury after the hit.
Nowinski, the founding CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, tore into the Dolphins during an appearance Friday on CBS Sports Radio’s “Maggie and Perloff.”
“I would tell Tua, ‘Hey, don’t come back this season,’" Nowinski said. "I can’t remember the last time someone was allowed to have three concussions in one season, but I should tell you I know a lot of people my age who still have symptoms from them.
"So (I'd say) don’t play the rest of the season. And, frankly I’m so disgusted by the Dolphins I would tell him I wouldn’t play for the Dolphins anymore, I don’t think this team is looking out for you at all. It was a failure at every level, go find somebody who has more of a culture of caring about you. I don’t know how many teams have that culture, I’m not exactly high on the NFL right now, but I can’t imagine it being worse than the Dolphins.”
Tagovailoa is not currently set to become a free agent until after the 2024 season, so a split with the Dolphins would have to come by way of a trade.
Regardless, the entire situation is sparking many questions about not only the Dolphins' handling of the situation, but also the effectiveness of the league's protocol.