Thursday Night Football analyst Ryan Fitzpatrick got emotional when talking about the injury of his former Miami Dolphins teammate Tua Tagovailoa.
The Thursday Night Football game between the Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals was no longer the focus. Rather, it was the health of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who left the game after suffering head and neck injuries after taking a big hit. Tagovailoa lay motionless on the turf, where he was eventually placed on a stretcher and taken to the hospital.
During the halftime show on Amazon Prime, analyst Ryan Fizpatrick was emotional when discussion the injury to Tagovailoa, who was his former teammate on the Dolphins in 2020.
“We’ve all played a lot of football, but that’s one of the toughest scenes I think I’ve ever seen,” said Fitzpatrick. “For him, as a brother, getting to spend a few hours with him last night, he’s as happy as I’ve ever seen him. To see him do that, get knocked out, go limp, whatever it was, and you can feel it not just with the fans, but both teams. That was a scary scene. As a player, you’ve got to move on, you’ve got to play the game. As an announcer, analyst, I’m having a tough time right now.”
Ryan Fitzpatrick overcome with emotion discussing Tua Tagovailoa injury
When Tagovailoa was drafted by the Dolphins with the fifth-overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, he was in the same quarterback room as Fitzpatrick. The duo split starts in their one season together.
The Dolphins released a statement following the injury, announcing that he was conscious and had movement in all of his extremities. NFL Network’s Cameron Wolfe tweeted out that Tagovailoa was transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, which also has a trauma center.
This injury occurred four days after the NFLPA initiated an investigation into Tagovailoa’s concussion check during the team’s Week 3 game agaisnt the Buffalo Bills. Tagovailoa stumbled when trying to get up after being brought to the ground, but mad ehis return for the second half. Tagovailoa and the team said it was due to a back injury.
We will continue to keep you updated on Tua Tagovailoa’s health once more details are provided.