A big development in the NFL could possibly impact the Cincinnati Bengals this week.

On Sunday, Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa landed on his head after taking a hit and had trouble standing.

Somehow, he came back into the game and led the Dolphins to a win over the Buffalo Bills.

After the game, the NFLPA announced they’re launching an investigation into whether or not the proper concussion protocols were followed.

The Bengals and the Dolphins are set to play on Thursday night this week.

With this investigation, and what Tua showed after the hit, it wouldn’t be shocking if he isn’t able to clear the concussion protocol this week, despite returning to the game on Sunday.

And with the added attention on this situation, the Dolphins won’t be able to cut corners to get him on the field on Thursday.

By the way, if you think that Tua returning to the game is a sign he’ll be good to go for Thursday, I wouldn’t be so sure.

Former NFL linebacker Emmanuel Acho pointed out on Sunday that he once returned to a game after taking a hard hit to the head, only to deal with severe concussion symptoms after the game. 

If Tagovailoa can’t go on Thursday, Teddy Bridgewater would likely get the start for Miami, which would make life a bit easier for Cincinnati’s defense.

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