According to renowned neuropathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, who served as the basis for the 2015 motion picture “Concussion,” Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa need to stop playing in the NFL and refrain from taking any further hits.
After being carried off the field by a stretcher last Thursday while playing against the Cincinnati Bengals, Tagovailoa’s head injury became the buzz of the league. The Dolphins have already ruled him out of Week 5’s game against the New York Jets after he was diagnosed with a head injury and entered concussion protocol.
However, there has been some debate over what appeared to be a concussion that was previously received in Miami’s Week 3 victory over the Buffalo Bills. Two offensive linemen had to hold up Tagovailoa during the first half after he came up tripping, but he got back and finished the game in the second.
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Four days after the Bengals’ game,
Tagovailoa’s incident occurred.
Omalu advised TMZ Sports that Tagovailoa should take some time to reflect about his future.
It’s time to gallantly leave, he advised, if you love your life, your family, and your children if you have any. “Go do something different,” I said.
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Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE for short, was first identified by Omalu. It is a progressive brain disorder considered to be brought on by repeated head trauma and concussion-like events.
After seeing the play, Bengals defensive tackle Josh Tupou sacked Tagovailoa, and Omalu claimed that he thought Tagovailoa “suffered serious, long-term irreparable brain damage” as a result.
My brother, Tua. I cherish you. Omalu said, “I love you as much as I love my kid. “Stop the game. Stop. Hang your helmet, then swagger off.
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After being discharged from the hospital, Tagovailoa boarded a flight with his team on Thursday night. Just a day after getting hurt, he said he felt significantly better.