Independent concussion assessor fired for abusing Tua Tagovailoa’s brain

At least one type of fall has been found following Tua Tagovailoa’s brain injury during Thursday’s game. On Saturday, the NFL Players Association decided to fire the “independent neurotrauma counselor” who vacated the Dolphins quarterback during Sunday’s game against the Bills. Both the union and the league reserve the right to fire these advisors without permission from the other party.

According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the counsel did not help his own case when speaking to the NFLPA:

Also last night, the NFL and NFLPA released a joint statement, stressing that they haven’t found out if there were any errors or violations — aside from the concussion counselor, who was fired I think — but there will be changes Concussion protocol, effective immediately. Such a breach will nullify all the PR these Guardian Caps offer.

Pelissero described this as a message to the rest of the league: “If there’s any doubt, get the player out.” All the reporting and statements here can drive you a little crazy because they portray something that exists as completely new. Didn’t the league work by those guidelines? Haven’t doctors and coaches already taken players’ helmets off to keep them from getting back into a game? But because the process of putting a good quarterback on a good team failed, the NFL is attempting a hard reset: OK, this time we’re taking concussions really seriously. Does that include acknowledging that this wasn’t a back injury after all?

Seriously, how stupid do they think we are? After Thursday’s game, the Dolphins were quick to inform the public that Tagovailoa was conscious and had and had feeling in his extremities laugh through and through MacGruber on the flight home – one embellishment too many if you ask me, and I have positive feelings about it MacGruber— but it wasn’t just to calm everyone down. It was ass-covering. Tagovailoa must have been reminded that he is in his third year on a rookie contract and a combination of members of his team and an independent doctor could have ruined his life forever. The best explanation for why a company might agree to enact significant changes so abruptly, without even waiting for the conclusions of an ongoing investigation into the failure of the process, is to avert potential litigation. Independent concussion assessor fired for abusing Tua Tagovailoa’s brain

John Verrall

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