Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is set to play during the Dolphins tilt against the AFC Champion Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday Night Football, according to ESPN's Marce Louis-Jacques.
Tagovailoa exited Sunday's victory over the Buffalo Bills after his head hit the ground during the second quarter, and was evaluated for a concussion. The hit forced Tagovailoa to stumble, and fall to his knees as he attempted to job back to the huddle following the play.
The play has been met with heavy criticism as many felt Tagovailoa should have been pulled from the game, however, Tagovailoa said he passed the league-mandated concussion protocol during halftime and returned to the game thereafter.
Tagovailoa was not placed in the concussion protocol, and the team decided on Thursday morning that Tagovailoa would play, barring any setbacks.
The NFLPA said that it would review whether the Dolphins followed the concussion protocol. The Dolphins have maintained, along with Tagovailoa, that the injury was related to a back issue, and not a concussion.
The Dolphins signal caller has shined in his third season, and has led the AFC East Division leading Dolphins to a 3-0 record, leading the league in passing, QBR, and second in yards per attempt. The Dolphins are one of just two remaining undefeated teams, along with the Philadelphia Eagles, and are turning heads around the AFC, and the NFL this season for their electric play.
Additionally, Dolphins left tackle Terron Armstead, corner Xavien Howard, and wide receiver Jaylen Waddle are all expected to play after initially being listed as questionable against the Bengals.