NFL's Chief Medical Officer speaks out after Tua Tagovailoa’s injury

The NFL's chief medical officer promised to be as transparent as possible about the matter amid outcry over whether Tagovailoa should even have been allowed to play that night.
2:46 | 10/01/22

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SHOOTING IN HISTORY. MEMORIALS PLANNED THROUGHOUT THE DAY. >>> WE START WITH MORE FRIGHTENING MOMENTS ON THE FIELD. WHEN DOLPHINS QUARTERBACK TUA TAGOVAILOA WAS INJURED THURSDAY NIGHT AGAINST THE BENGALS. THE NFL'S CHIEF OFFICER PROMISING TO BE AS APPARENT ABOUT THE INVESTIGATION. ANDREW DENVER IS HERE WITH MORE. ANDREW, GOOD MORNING. >> EVA, GOOD MORNING. WHEN TUA WENT DOWN THURSDAY NIGHT. SHORT REST, TOO. A REMINDER JUST HOW BRUTAL AND DANGEROUS FOOTBALL CAN BE. NOW MANY AROUND THE NFL ARE WONDERING IF THE MIAMI DOLPHINS SHOULD HAVE HANDLED THE SITUATION DIFFERENTLY. THIS MORNING GROWING BACKLASH AFTER QUARTERBACK TUA TAGOVAILOA TAKES A VIOLENT HIT. >> SOMEBODY NEED TO BE FIRED. I DON'T KNOW WHO, BUT SOMEBODY GOT TO GO. >> Reporter: THE LEAGUE SAYING THEY'RE SPEAKING TO EVERYONE INVOLVED. THERE'S BEEN SWIFT REACTION AROUND THE NFL WITH MANY QUESTIONING IF TUA SHOULD HAVE EVEN PLAYED IN THE GAME AT ALL. >> THE NFL HAS TO DO A BETTER JOB IN KNOWING WHAT TO DO IF THEY SEE SOMEONE GET INJURED THE WAY THAT HE GOT INJURED. >> Reporter: McDANIELS, THE DOLPHINS FIRST YEAR HEAD COACH STANDING BY THE DECISION TO START TUA TUESDAY. >> IF THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN ANYTHING LINGERING WITH HIS HEAD, I WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN ABLE TO LIVE WITH MYSELF PUTTING SOMEONE OUT THERE IN HARM'S WAY. >> Reporter: JUST DAYS BEFORE TUA SUFFERED WHAT APPEARED TO BE A HEAD INJURY AGAINST THE BUFFALO BILLS. HE WAS SEEN STRUGGLING AND THAT COULD BE A POTENTIAL SIGN OF HEAD TRAUMA. THE TEAM SAID HE SUFFERED A BACK INJURY BUT HE KEPT PLAYING IN THAT ONE, A MOVE THAT WAS HEAVILY CRITICIZED AND NOW AMPLIFIED BY THE LATEST INJURY. IN THE PRIMETIME GAME THURSDAY THE THIRD YEAR QB'S HANDS AND FINGERS SEIZING UP AFTER THE BIG BLOW, A BODILY RESPONSE THEY CALL FENCING, AN MEDIATE SIGN OF NEUROLOGICAL TRAUMA. HE WAS CARTED OFF THE FIELD AND RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL. JOHN HARBAUGH CALLING IT ASTONISHING. >> I COULDN'T BELIEVE WHAT I SAW. I COULDN'T BELIEVE WHAT I SAW LAST SUNDAY. >> Reporter: ACCORDING TO THE CDC THE RISK OF GETTING A CONCUSSION INCREASES WITH EACH SEVERE CONCUSSION. SEVERE DAMAGE AND DEATH IF NOT COMPLETELY GETTING HEALED. THE NFL AND NFL PLAYER'S ASSOCIATION IS LOOKING AT IF PROPER PROTOCOL WAS FOLLOWED. >> WE REVIEW ALL OF THE FILM AND DATA. >> Reporter: TUA WAS DISCHARGED FROM THE CINCINNATI HOSPITAL AND WAS ABLE TO FLY BACK HOME WITH THE TEAM. HIS LONG-TERM PROGNOSIS IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME.

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