The NFL and the NFL Players Association released a joint statement Saturday on the concussion investigation involving Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

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The statement states that no conclusions about any medical errors or violations have been made as the investigation into the matter is still ongoing.

However, the statement highlights that changes to the NFL’s concussion protocol will be made “in the coming days,” and that conversations around the term “Gross Motor Instability” have fueled said changes. 

Tagovailoa originally suffered an apparent head injury in the Dolphins’ Week 3 matchup against the Buffalo Bills, but was allowed to return after clearing concussion protocol. It was later ruled a back injury and he was cleared to play against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 4.

The former Crimson Tide star then suffered a definite head/neck injury that resulted in him being stretchered off in the second quarter of the Bengals game. Questions have risen about the clearance of Tagovailoa and if any doctoral malpractice was involved.

Another interesting note - the unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant involved in Tagovailoa’s concussion check and eventual clearance in Week 3 was also terminated by the NFLPA. It could be the first of many as the investigation continues.

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