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NFL Injury Storylines to Watch in Week 4

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There are several noteworthy players on the NFL Week 4 injury report.
There are several noteworthy players on the NFL Week 4 injury report. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Did Tua Tagovailoa Suffer Concussion, Back Injury, or Both?

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa stumbled his way out of Week 3's game against the Buffalo Bills late in the first half after taking a late hit and slamming the back of his head on the turf. Against the Pro Football Docs’ expectations, the southpaw returned for the second half.

Tagovailoa said after the game that it wasn’t a concussion that took him out but a hyperextended back that aggravated spasms precipitating from a QB sneak in the first quarter. The NFLPA is reportedly launching an investigation into the Dolphins’ handling of the concussion protocol.

It’s possible Tagovailoa's back injury led to the stumbling, according to the Docs. The apparently outward symptoms led to Tagovailoa's concussion evaluation and it's possible the team and the independent neurologist did nothing wrong in letting him back into the game.

We will likely know his prognosis on Monday as Miami has a quick turnaround for Thursday Night Football against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The third-year signal-caller could likely play through the back issue but would be hard-pressed to take the field on Thursday if he's diagnosed with a concussion during the symptom observation period. 

Mac Jones Could Head to IR for High-Ankle Sprain

The second-biggest – but most severe – quarterback injury in the AFC East is with New England Patriots starter Mac Jones, who suffered a significant left high-ankle sprain in the waning moments of Sunday's 37-26 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. 

Jones will likely miss multiple weeks with the sprain and could land on short-term IR, according to the Docs. His x-rays came back negative, but NFL Network’s Mike Giardi reported that the concern in the organization is for tendon and/or ligament damage that would be found in Monday’s MRI.

Can Dalvin Cook Play Through Another Shoulder Injury in London?

The Minnesota Vikings held on for a 28-24 win over the Detroit Lions, finishing the game without running back Dalvin Cook.

Cook suffered a left shoulder dislocation on a lost fumble in the third quarter and didn’t return, but has all but vowed to suit up for the Vikings’ early-morning contest in London

The 27-year-old reportedly has an unrepaired torn left labrum that he will wear a brace to hold in place.

Cook suffered a left shoulder subluxation last season but only missed one game. He has suffered dislocations and torn labrums and undergone surgeries in both shoulders, however.

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