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Tua Tagovailoa Apologizes to Mike McDaniel After Scary First-Half Collision

Isaiah De Los Santos
Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa apologized to head coach Mike McDaniel after his scary first-half collision.
Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa apologized to head coach Mike McDaniel after his scary first-half collision. / (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

All eyes were on Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa as he returned from his much-talked-about head injury on primetime. The QB gave everyone in Hard Rock Stadium a scare when he lowered his shoulder into Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Devin Bush during the first half while fighting for a first down.

Thankfully, Tagovailoa was perfectly fine afterward, but he made sure to apolgize to head coach Mike McDaniel after the game.

Tagovailoa said in postgame comments that he "needed that" when referring to the scary play. The first big hit after a player returns from any type of major injury is always talked about as a huge milestone. Being able to take that and continue playing provides them the reassurance they're ready to be back on the field.

It appears that's exactly what happened for Tagovailoa, as he looked fearless against the Steelers. That first-half collision wasn't the only time the QB took on a defender during the night, but he got back up every time and helped lead the Dolphins to a 16-10 win.

Tagovailoa's health will continue to be a major focus for Miami as he looks to shake the injury bug that's plagued him early in his career. The third-year pro gives this high-powered Dolphins offense the best chance to contend, so keeping him upright is crucial for their current and long-term success.

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