Maryland strategist Taulia Tagovailoa made his first comments to reporters on Tuesday since watching his brother, the Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoagetting carried off the pitch on Thursday night.
He was with family members who live in Virginia as he watched the game and said Tuesday it was hard to distract himself from what happened. He texted his mother every hour, wanting to know how Tua was doing.
Maryland played Michigan State on Saturday, but Taulia said, “Friday I didn’t want to play the game.” Friday night, that changed after Taulia was finally able to speak with Tua Friday night.
“I really wanted to go out there and hang out with my family and hug them and stuff like that,” Taulia said. “But he told me he’s a big fan of us and he’d rather see me play on Saturday. … After that phone call, I was happy and went back to my normal routine.
Terps coach Michael Locksley Told reporters on Saturday, “Right after dinner [Friday] the night was the first time in probably 24 hours that I had seen his energy. … Everyone was really on pins and needles watching him as he worked on it on Friday, which is a big mental day for us. We all knew he wasn’t necessarily all the way there.
Over the past week Thursday night football against the Bengals, Tua hit the ground hard on a sack by Cincinnati defensive tackle Josh Tupou. He was taken to hospital but was discharged later that night and flown home with the team.
His timeline for returning to the field is unknown, but the Dolphins found themselves the target of intense scrutiny after they knocked out the quarterback with a concussion after a worrying fall against the Bills in Week 3. Tua said after the match that it was a back injury. .
The NFL and the NFL Players’ Association have agreed to change the rules surrounding the league’s concussion protocol. The NFLPA also fired the unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant who helped evaluate Tua during the Bills game after finding the doctor made “several errors.” a source told ESPN’s Marcel Louis-Jacques.
The NFLPA has launched an investigation after Tua was cleared to play against the Bills after he stumbled off the field following a major blow, and according to multiple reports, Tua is speaking with the league and the players’ association Tuesday as part of the investigation.
Despite what his older brother went through, Taulia indicated that he was not worried about it himself. He was concentrating on Tua. He said on Tuesday: “I guess when it happens to someone like my brother, or when something happens to one of my family members, I don’t really think about how it might affect me. I just think, ‘Is he okay? How is he ?
Taulia was able to visit Tua in Florida because he “wanted to make sure he was healthy and everything, which he is.” The Dolphins quarterback is still in concussion protocol and will not play against the Jets this weekend.
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