There will be questions. And there should be questions following the head and neck injuries suffered by Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa Thursday night. The facts are not established, and the immediate focus should be Tua’s health. But he was playing on a short week following what was officially diagnosed as a back injury just four days earlier against the Bills, an injury that first appeared to involve his head. The NFLPA then expressed concerns that perhaps the league’s concussion protocol had not been properly followed. Those questions will get louder and more pressing now. And they should. A full investigation is warranted.
Of course, there was also a football game Thursday night. The result is that just as we begin Week Four, the Philadelphia Eagles are the league’s only unbeaten team. And they face a Jacksonville team Sunday that suddenly looks formidable. The league wants parity. The league gets what it wants.
Apparently the league is hell-bent on playing international games as well. Have I mentioned how much I’m not in love with this tired London Drill? I’m sure the Saints and Vikings share that view. Ridiculous.
But Sunday night’s Chiefs-Bucs game is staying in Tampa. In the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, the NFL had considered moving the game to Minneapolis. I have no reason to question the league’s decision in this case.
It’s the final day of September, and the Panthers’ Christian McCaffrey has a quad injury. Right on schedule. McCaffrey is a wonderful talent, and I’m throwing him no shade. But the guy just can’t stay on the field. His status for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals is undetermined.
Yes, seeing how joyful Joel Embiid is that he recently became a U.S. citizen should remind us of how fortunate we are as well. Civis Americanus Sum.
Hey, Miles Garrett. You’re a lucky man. Slow the hell down.
I awoke to the news that former Cowboys tight end Gavin Escobar was one two people killed in an apparent rock climbing accident Thursday near Idyllwild, California. Escobar was 31 and leaves behind a wife and two small children.
Former Baylor football player Samuel Ukwuachu was convicted in 2015 of sexually assaulting a female former Baylor soccer player in 2013. After rounds of appeals, the Texas Tenth Court of Appeals in Waco Thursday upheld Ukwuachu’s conviction, saying it found “no reversible error” in his 2015 trial. Finally, closure for the victim.