Dolphins QB Tagovailoa taken to hospital with head, neck injurie

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Sept 30 (Reuters) - Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was taken to hospital after sustaining head and neck injuries in Thursday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals, the NFL team said.

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Tagovailoa, 24, was sacked by Josh Tupou in the first half and appeared to hit the back of his head on the turf.

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He stayed on the ground for a few minutes as trainers attended to him before he was taken off the field on a stretcher.

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"Tua Tagovailoa has been taken to a local hospital for further evaluation. 

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He is conscious and has movement in all his extremities," the Dolphins said on Twitter.

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The team later said that Tagovailoa "is expected to be discharged from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and will fly home with the team tonight".

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Tagovailoa was evaluated for a concussion on Sunday during the Dolphins' win over the Buffalo Bills.

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 He looked unsteady as he left the field but passed the league-mandated concussion protocol at halftime and was allowed to return to the game.

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He was not placed in the concussion protocol.

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The NFL Players Association said after Sunday's game it was initiating an investigation into the handling of the concussion evaluation,

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while the NFL said a review was ongoing but every indication was that proper protocol had been followed.

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"Player health and safety is at the core of the union's mission. Our concern tonight is for Tua and we hope for a full and speedy recovery," the NFLPA said on Thursday.

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"Our investigation into the potential protocol violation is ongoing." The Dolphins lost 27-15 on Thursday, their first defeat of the season.

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