The Miami Dolphins quarterback was hit hard and lay down for more than seven minutes before being carried off the field on a stretcher.

cincinnati – Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered neck and head injuries after being sacked in Thursday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals and was taken to the hospital for further evaluation.

The Dolphins said Tagovailoa was conscious and had movement in all of his limbs after being carried off the field on a stretcher. He was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Tagovailoa was chased down and sacked by Josh Tupou with six minutes left in the first half. She twisted it and threw it on the lawn. While on the ground, his hands froze in front of his face. He remained lying there for more than seven minutes before being lowered onto a board, stabilized and strapped to a stretcher after his mask was removed.

Dolphins players gathered around as Tagovailoa was carted off the field and the crowd chanted “Tua! Tua!”

Tagovailoa, 24, had been dealing with back pain and was listed as questionable for most of the week leading up to the game.

Tagovailoa left for a short time Victory on Sunday 21-19 over the Buffalo Bills after appearing to be disoriented with what the team initially called a head injury following a hard hit from Buffalo Bills linebacker Matt Milan late in the first half. He missed just three snaps and returned after the break, a decision that drew joint scrutiny NFL and National Football League Players Association of what went into the decision to allow him to return to the game.

The team and Tagovailoa said after the game that the quarterback had a back injury that caused him to stumble awkwardly and fall after being hit on the turf in the second quarter. The team said Monday that Tagovailoa was not in the concussion protocol.

Miami initially said it was a head injury, but Tagovailoa said after the game that he hit his back in the fall.

Before leaving Thursday’s game, Tagovailoa was 8-for-14 for 100 yards and an interception. He was replaced in the game by Teddy Bridgewater, who threw a touchdown pass to Chase Edmonds with 15 seconds left in the half.

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