Tua Tagovailoa doesn't shy away from contact and leads Dolphins to Steelers

Tua Tagovailoa doesn’t shy away from contact and leads Dolphins to Steelers

MIAMI GARDENS — Tua Tagovailoa dropped his shoulders and his helmet and slammed into a human wall of Pittsburgh Steelers defenders.


For most quarterbacks, this is not recommended. But we move on, eliminate him as a player just trying to gain some extra ground for his team.

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For Tua, the game’s most scrutinized player for traumatic brain injury and the player who was solely responsible for the league’s tightening of concussion protocols, it first makes you cringe and then wonder why.

Here’s why :

“He immediately after the first time (said) ‘Coach, I’m sorry. I needed that,'” Miami Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel said Sunday after the Dolphins’ 16-10 win over the Steelers. .

“I was like, ‘Okay.’ “

Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa leaves the field after beating the Steelers on Sunday night at Hard Rock Stadium.

But that doesn’t mean McDaniel didn’t wince, just a little, and pay close attention to his quarterback as he got back to his feet.

“He’s got that component of his game where he’s a competitor and he’s trying to get a first down for his team,” McDaniel said. “I’m never going to totally encourage that, at all. I’m probably going to advise him to slide every time.

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