NFLPA Asks League To Adopt Tagovailoa Rule
From the point of view of the NFL Players Association, the league's rules about concussions can't be changed soon enough.
The union published a statement Friday confirming an agreement with NFL to restrict players from returning to games if they display gross motor instability, like Tua Tagovailoa did in Week 3.
The NFL Players Association has requested that the league to implement the rule change in time for the games this coming weekend.
The NFL replied promptly, issuing a statement confirming their agreement to the modifications but rejecting to address the union's desire for immediate change.
Tagovailoa was stretchered off the field on Sept. 29 after suffering a concussion during a game in Cincinnati.
The Dolphins' treatment of Tagovailoa has been heavily scrutinized since his return in Game 3, with the NFLPA announcing the same night that it will examine the situation.
In the Dolphins' next game, Tagovailoa's concussion from his head slamming into the ground, prompting a re-examination of how the NFL treats head injuries.
NFL clubs have become more careful with players who suffer obvious head injuries, most recently Indianapolis Colts running back Nyheim Hines, who did not return to "Thursday Night Football"
The new concussion policy will formalize that greater caution. Teams should have learnt their lesson following Tagovailoa's injury, but the union clearly doesn't want to take any chances.