Dolphins’ Teddy Bridgewater out, in protocol after hard hit

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Dolphins quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is in the concussion protocol and was once dominated out of Miami’s 40-17 loss to the New York Jets after leaving the sport in the primary quarter.

Bridgewater was once put into the protocol after the sales space ATC spotter dominated him a “no-go” after he took a hit at the Dolphins’ opening offensive pressure, in compliance with the NFL’s amended concussion protocol. Bridgewater handed his concussion analysis, in step with a supply, however the sales space ATC spotter believed he noticed Bridgewater stumble and made the ruling in response to the brand new addition of ataxia to the “no-go” signs in the protocol.

The Dolphins mentioned that Bridgewater additionally had an elbow damage.

Dolphins left take on Terron Armstead additionally was once dominated out for the remainder of the sport after stressful a toe damage that had him indexed as questionable for Sunday’s contest.

Bridgewater was once hit whilst making an attempt a go at the Dolphins’ first offensive play of the sport, when Jets cornerback Sauce Gardner were given to him unblocked. The go fell incomplete however was once dominated intentional grounding in the top zone, ensuing in a security. Bridgewater was once briefly taken to the scientific tent ahead of being escorted to the locker room by way of an unaffiliated neurotrauma advisor for a concussion analysis.

He was once dominated out after kind of 40 mins in the locker room. Rookie seventh-round pick out Skylar Thompson was once the one quarterback final at the Dolphins’ lively roster and was once 19-of-33 passing for 166 yards and two turnovers — an interception and misplaced fumble.

Bridgewater was once making his first get started of the season in position of Tua Tagovailoa, who’s in the concussion protocol after maintaining a concussion right through Miami’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 4. The Dolphins have no longer publicly established a timetable for Tagovailoa’s go back, however he didn’t shuttle to New York with the staff and was once no longer put on injured reserve.

Wide receiver Cedrick Wilson Jr. is the Dolphins’ emergency quarterback.

The NFL just lately amended its concussion protocol after a just about two-week-long joint investigation with the NFL Players Association into the applying of the protocol following an incident involving Tagovailoa. During the Dolphins’ sport towards the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 25, Tagovailoa hit his head at the floor and stumbled whilst attempting to go back to the huddle. The stumble was once thought to be a show of gross motor instability, which is among the protocol’s “no-go” signs that require a participant to be got rid of from a sport with out the potential for returning.

Tagovailoa was once in an instant taken to the locker room for a concussion analysis, however he knowledgeable each the staff doctor and the unaffiliated neurotrauma advisor collectively employed by way of the NFL and the NFLPA {that a} again and ankle damage led to him to stumble; the joint investigation discovered that Tagovailoa had prior to now reported each accidents ahead of hitting his head at the floor.

Once it was once made up our minds that his noticed instability was once no longer neurologically led to, Tagovailoa handed his analysis and was once allowed to go back to the sport. However, neither the staff doctor nor the neurotrauma advisor tested his again right through the analysis, “but instead relied on the earlier examination conducted by other members of the medical staff.” The NFLPA exercised its proper to terminate the neurotrauma advisor who carried out Tagovailoa’s preliminary analysis after the union discovered he made “several mistakes” right through the method, past following the step by step strategy of the protocol, a couple of assets informed ESPN.

Both events agreed Saturday to amend the protocol, including ataxia to the record of “no-go” signs. The adjustments had been carried out in an instant ahead of Sunday’s video games started.

“‘Ataxia’ is defined as abnormality of balance/stability, motor coordination or dysfunctional speech caused by a neurological issue,” the NFL and NFLPA mentioned in a joint commentary. “In other words, if a player is diagnosed with ‘ataxia’ by any club or neutral physician involved in the application of the concussion protocol, he will be prohibited from returning to the game, and will receive the follow-up care required by the protocol.”

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