Tua Tagovailoa, CTE, and NFL concussion care

A pair of brutal sacks has called renewed attention to the league's head trauma protocols

Tua Tagovailoa.
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Last Thursday, during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa crumpled to the ground for the second time in four days. He had been sacked — again – and while he had gotten up after a previous hit against the Buffalo Bills, this time he stayed down, clearly hurting and exhibiting the "fencing" posture — a telltale sign of a traumatic brain injury. The frightening incident has since been met with calls for the NFL to re-examine its concussion protocols, especially given what's known about CTE — or Chronic traumatic encephalopathyand brain trauma in football players. Here's everything you need to know:

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