Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagavailoa was rushed to a Cincinnati trauma center after suffering a serious head injury in the first half of Thursday’s game against the Bengals.

The Dolphins say Tagovailoa suffered head and back injuries. The command added that he was taken to a local hospital and is conscious, moving all his limbs. Additional details were not immediately available. But the optics were very, very scary.

Tua Tagavailoa is hospitalized with a head injury

Tagovailoa, who was conscious after the hit, according to the Amazon broadcast, was knocked to the ground by linebacker Josh Tupou, whose head bounced off the turf.

Tagovailoa’s hands immediately clenched into a fencing stance, a sign Amazon broadcasters described as a “neurological response to head trauma.”

Tagovailoa was knocked down on the backboard and his head was immobilized with a headgear before being rushed to UC Hospital, a Level 1 trauma center about five miles from the stadium. Amazon later reported that Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel spoke with Tagovailoa before he was taken to the hospital and that Tua was in fact asking about the play in question.

Teddy Bridgewater replaced him for the second straight game.

Tagovailoa left Sunday’s game after taking a similar hit, but despite struggling to keep his leg, he eventually returned to the game. The Dolphins insisted he had a back injury, and an independent doctor during the game cleared him to return.

Still, the second significant hit to the head on the turf in four days — and Tagavailoa’s troubling involuntary reaction — will raise serious questions about whether Tagavailoa should have been allowed to play.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Tua Tagovailoa injury update: What we know about Miami Dolphins’ scary head injury

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