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Saturday, Dec. 31

NFL, NFLPA: No In-Game Signs of Tua Concussion

The NFL and NFLPA closed their investigation into the process by which Tua Tagovailoa was placed into concussion protocol this week, saying in a joint statement that the Dolphins quarterback never exhibited or reported concussion-like symptoms during or after Miami’s game against the Packers last week.

Tagovailoa was placed into concussion protocol on Monday after reporting symptoms and has not been removed.

“The protocol is initiated when a player receives an impact to the head and exhibits or reports signs or symptoms suggestive of a concussion,” the NFL and NFLPA said in the joint statement. “The review established that symptoms of a concussion were neither exhibited nor reported until the following day at which time the team medical personnel appropriately evaluated and placed Mr. Tagovailoa in the concussion protocol.”

The latest concussion suffered by Tagovailoa is the quarterback’s second of the season. He was hospitalized and placed in concussion protocol after the Dolphins’ Week 4 loss to the Bengals.

Teddy Bridgewater will start in his place on Sunday when  Miami goes on the road for an AFC East matchup against the Patriots. The Dolphins have a chance to clinch a playoff spot this week with a win at New England and a loss by the Jets.

Chargers Activate Bosa

The Los Angeles Chargers activated Joey Bosa on Saturday, NFL Media reported. Bosa is expected to partake in the Chargers’ Week 17 matchup with the Rams.

In a corresponding move, the Chargers waived former Patriots running back Sony Michel.

Colts’ Ngakoue to Have Throat Surgery

Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue has been placed on injured reserve by the Colts and will undergo throat surgery, ESPN reported.

Ngakoue suffered a throat injury in Monday’s loss to the Chargers, and it worsened throughout the week. He was a late addition to the injury report on Friday before being ruled out and eventually being placed on injured reserve.

Traded to the Colts last March, Ngakoue was having a strong season with 9.5 sacks and a forced fumble. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

NFLPA to Unveil Players’ All-Pro Team Jan. 11

For the first time, the NFLPA will release its own All-Pro team as voted on by the NFL players, NFL Media reports. The voting for each position includes players who play that position, as well as those who line up against them (for example, Players’ All-Pro WRs would be voted on by the league’s wide receivers and cornerbacks).

NFLPA president J.C. Tretter wrote in an email to players: “For too long, we as NFL players have allowed everyone else to define the best of us. That ends now.”

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