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Dolphins Coach On Concussion Protocol: 'We Don't Mess With That'

Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel

Mike McDaniel and the Dolphins of Miami are facing scrutiny for their handling of the Tua Tagovailoa situation. 

Tagovailoa came up wobbly after a hit during the Dolphins vs. Bills game last Sunday afternoon. However, he was miraculously cleared to play last Thursday night in Cincinnati. 

The unthinkable occurred again when Tagovailoa was tossed to the turf. His helmet hit the ground hard and he appeared to be knocked unconscious, as a result. 

Both fans and analysts are crushing McDaniel and Co. for their handling of the situation. However, the Dolphins coach wants to make one thing clear: he or the team never messes with the concussion protocol. 

"That's why the NFL has these protocols, and there's not like every single NFL game that is played," he said, via NFL.com. "There's an independent specialist that specializes in specialty brain matter, so for me, as long as I'm coaching here, I'm not going to fudge that whole situation. If there's any sort of inclination that somebody has a concussion, they go into concussion protocol; it's very strict. People don't vary or stray; we don't mess with that, we never have as long as I've been head coach, so it'd never be an issue that you guys have to worry about."

The NFLPA, meanwhile, is going to conduct an investigation into potential protocol violations. 

"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. Our investigation into the potential protocol violation is ongoing," said the NFLPA.

Hopefully Tua Tagovailoa is okay and able to play football again this season.