Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered a scary concussion against the Bengals on Thursday night. Just four days earlier, Tagovailoa was stumbling following a hit against the Bills. The Dolphins claimed it was a back injury and not a concussion. Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel said Tagovailoa cleared all concussion protocols heading into Thursday night’s game.
“That’s why the NFL has these protocols,” McDaniel explained. “There is an independent specialist that specializes in brain matter. Concussion protocol is very strict. We don’t mess with this.” McDaniel was asked if in hindsight there was anything he should have done or could have done differently after Tagovailoa went down against the Bills. McDaniel responded, “Absolutely not. If I would have, that would be irresponsible in the first place and I shouldn’t be in this position.”
Former Steelers wide receiver Charles Johnson claimed he had brain problems years ago, before his death in July. Johnson, 50, was found dead in a hotel room near his home in North Carolina on July 17. His suspected cause of death remains unknown and the investigation is ongoing. Police said there were no signs of foul play.
Cam Heyward is putting the loss to the Browns on the defense. “In my book when you’re winning at half, you’ve scored enough points. [Mitch Trubisky] put us in a position to win,” Heyward said on his Not Just Football podcast.
Thursday marked the ninth anniversary of the passing of Steelers great L.C. Greenwood. Greenwood, who won four Super Bowls with the Steelers in the 1970s and was a member of the iconic Steel Curtain, is one of the biggest snubs from the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Greenwood’s 78 career sacks rank second in franchise history.
Brad Rogers will be the referee for Sunday’s Steelers-Jets game. Rogers’ crew has called the third most penalties overall this season with 41 in three games.
The Jets are 1-10 in their last 11 games against the Steelers when playing in Pittsburgh.
According to Scott Kacsmar, the Jets have thrown the ball 156 times in their first three games, which ranks second most in NFL history. The Jets are behind just the 1962 Broncos, who had 162 pass attempts in their first three games.
Dolphins outside linebacker Melvin Ingram was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month. In the first three games, Ingram recorded seven tackles, three tackles for loss, three quarterback hits, and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. Ingram was impactful while playing just 58 percent of the team’s defensive snaps.
The Steelers practice today at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex at 10:15 a.m. — Ed Thompson, Nick Farabaugh
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