‘I’ve been hit and miss the rest of the game’

The other quarterback on the field when Tua Tagovailoa of the Dolphins suffered a concussion, Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, acknowledged that head trauma is a part of professional football and even suggested that he has had entire halves of plays erased from his memory.

In an appearance on the “Colin Cowherd Podcast” posted Wednesday, Burrow, 25, detailed his personal experiences with concussions, saying he has sustained at least one.

“It’s hard to say,” Burrow said when asked how it felt. “You start to ring a little bit. I’ve never had any lasting effects from a concussion. I’ve been hit and forgotten the rest of the game before. It’s happened a few times. But I’ve never had one where I have a headache for a week or where I have symptoms where I have a headache for a week.

“I’ve had some (hits) where I don’t remember the second half, or I don’t remember the whole game, or I know I got a little dizzy at one point. But nothing prolonged.”

Burrow said he suspects “everyone has (suffered a concussion) playing this game.”

Joe Burrow during the Bengals' Week 4 game against the Dolphins.

Joe Burrow during the Bengals’ Week 4 game against the Dolphins.

Tagovailoa suffered his head injury during Thursday night’s 27-15 Bengals win and came just four days after he may have suffered another in a 21-19 Dolphins win against the Bills. On that play, Tagovailoa was knocked down and tripped as he got up to approach the offensive huddle for the next play. Tagovailoa was checked for a concussion, but passed protocol and was reinstated in the game. After the game, Tagovailoa and the Dolphins cited a back injury for his instability that caused him to stumble.

Then, during the second quarter of the Bengals game, Tagovailoa was once again knocked down and his helmet bounced off the field. He was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, but was released later that night and flew back with the team to Miami.

The NFL Players Association opened an investigation into Miami’s handling of Tagovailoa’s injury. On Saturday, with the report still pending, the union fired the non-affiliated neurotrauma consultant involved in the case.

“You can make all the rules you want to make the game as safe as you possibly can, but there is inherent risk and danger in the game of football,” Burrow said. “You’ve got 300-pound men running 20 miles an hour trying to take your head off while you’re standing still and trying to ignore it and find receivers that are open and sometimes you have to run to try to get a first down … It’s part of the game, I think, part of what we signed up for.

“You’re going to get head injuries. You’re going to tear your ACL. You’re going to break your arm. That’s the game we play. That’s the life we ​​live. And we get paid handsomely for it. I think going into every game we know what we’re getting into.”

Tagovailoa’s injury occurred just before halftime, resulting in an extended stoppage as medical personnel treated him.

“I mean, it’s scary,” Burrow said. “Everyone knows the profession we do, it’s a dangerous game, and it’s always a possibility. And when that happens, you collectively hold your breath.”

Burrow completed 20-of-31 passes in the win for 287 yards and 2 touchdowns.

On Monday, Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel ruled Tagovailoa out for Miami’s Week 5 game against the New York Jets.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Bengals’ Joe Burrow admits to forgetting entire halves after hits

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