Tua Tagovailoa, quarterback of the Miami Dolphins, retired this Thursday on a stretcher from his team's match against the Cincinnati Bengals, corresponding to week 4 of the NFL, after receiving a strong blow to the head.
Tagovailoa, the star of the Dolphins' brilliant start to the season, was injured with 5:57 left in the second quarter after being sacked by Josh Tupou and had to be immobilized by doctors before being taken to the locker room.
The Dolphins quarterback, who also took a dangerous blow to the back in last week's game against the Buffalo Bills, fell backwards in the action and hit the back of his head on the ground.
The seriousness of the situation was immediately understood and the images showed how, due to the blow, Tua's fingers were locked in an unnatural position.
When the quarterback left the field, he received a standing ovation not only from his teammates, but also from his rivals and from the Cincinnati crowd, who chanted the name 'Tua'.
The Bengals were leading 7-6 at the time of the injury. Tua was taken to a nearby hospital for a series of tests.