Miami Dolphins’ reasons for optimism include Tua Tagovailoa’s health.
1. Tua is okay. Tua is alive.
Things went from wonderful to horrifyingly terrible in a matter of a few seconds on Thursday night, but things have gradually begun to improve since the devastation of the Tagovailoa injury.
While the media chatters about concussion protocol and points fingers and blame at anyone remotely related to the story, Tua’s personal condition has continued to improve. It felt like a small miracle to hear that he was talking and laughing with teammates after he was discharged from the hospital, and he was able to catch the team’s scheduled flight back to Miami with no problems. He underwent more tests on Friday and will be in concussion protocol for the near future, but all results have come back positive thus far.
Tagovailoa even took the liberty of posting his own statement, which thanked people for their support but leaned heavily on his desire to improve his condition and get back on the football field.
While the injury and image of it are still fresh in our minds, it is hard to imagine wanting to see Tagovailoa back on the field any time soon. But the mini-bye combined with a game against a potentially lesser opponent in the Jets looming will give him time to not only heal but undergo the necessary tests and treatment in order to be able to perform again this season.
And, worst case scenario, it may not be absolutely vital that Miami rushes him back in any facet, and the next two reasons for optimism will tell you why…