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NFL and NFLPA say changes to concussion protocol needed after Tua Tagovailoa incident


Both the NFL and its players’ union believe that concussion protocols should be changed to improve player safety.


The NFL and the NFLPA jointly stated that an investigation is ongoing, but that protocol changes were possible.


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The doctor who cleared quarterback Tagovailoa to play in Thursday’s game was fired.


The NFL and the NFLPA agreed that there are modifications to the concussion protocol in order to improve player safety.


“Based on the information gleaned from the review, we anticipate that changes will be made to the protocol in the next few days.” ”


Tagovailoa appeared unsteady after a major tackle in a game against Buffalo Bills on Sunday. However, he was cleared to return to field for the second period.


His hands began to spasm, and he was immediately taken off the stretcher against Bengals on Thursday.


According to the NFL, every indication indicated that proper protocol was followed on Sunday.


NFL Chief Medical Officer Dr Allen Sills stated that Tagovailoa had been examined for concussion symptoms and cleared to play on Thursday by an outside neurologist.


The statement stated that the NFL and NFLPA share strong appreciation for unaffiliated neurotrauma experts who have contributed their expertise to the game solely in order to improve player safety.


“This program has made the game safer for athletes who have played it over the past 12 years. ”




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