Tua Tagovailoa deserves tough NFL action to protect players, not their image

Football is very educational.

• A person’s response to a “back injury” is to shake his head, as if he is trying to refocus his eyes, and then falls drunk on his lap.

• What was the “fencing stance” or “fencing reaction” after seeing Tagovailoa staring at his hand Thursday night.

For the most part, though, we’re rock-solid believing that the NFL is serious about protecting players from brain damage. Not as severe as they do with image control.

As Tagovailoa lay on the turf with his fingers twisted and stiff, Bengals cornerback Mike Hilton injured his knee 10 yards out. A race official approached and drove Hilton away. Moments later, Hilton returned with teammates Chidobe Awuzie and Eli Apple. All three got down on one knee, took off their helmets, and faced Tagovailoa.

Again, the zebra waved them away. Why? Space for medical staff to work? Bullshit. The three Bengal tigers kept a respectful distance. Maybe it’s because the league knows that football players taking off their helmets and kneeling near injured players are the universal sign of “We’re with you bro, we pray you walk and talk again”. Not good looking.

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