Ravens HC John Harbaugh shares strong words about the Tua Tagovailoa injury

Ravens, John Harbaugh (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
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Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh has never been one to shy away from discussing some of the most notable controversies around the NFL during his time with the organization.

That remained the case this week when he was asked about the tragic injury suffered by Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa on Thursday Night Football.

Concerns have been raised about Tagovailoa’s health going into the game and why he was allowed to participate after he appeared to suffer a head injury just five days earlier.

Harbaugh didn’t mince words when asked about the severity of the injury and what his reaction was.

"“Like most people, I couldn’t believe what I saw last night. I couldn’t believe what I saw last Sunday. It was just something that was astonishing to see. I’ve been coaching for 40 years now — college and NFL, almost 40 — and I’ve never seen anything like it before. It was just really something that, you know, I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing.”"

John Harbaugh and the NFL world reacted to the horrible Tua Tagovailoa injury

Harbaugh stopped short of directly criticizing the NFL or the Dolphins for their handling of the situation, but his demeanor and words suggested that he wasn’t very happy with the situation.

He concluded his response by saying how he was thankful for the Ravens’ owner and doctors which some took as a veiled shot at the league and the Dolphins organization.

Harbaugh was far from the only notable figure to raise concerns regarding the handling of the Tagovailoa situation. Former NFL quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick called the injury “one of the toughest scenes” he’s ever seen.

The NFLPA officially terminated the contract of the unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant involved in clearing Tua Tagovailoa on Saturday after they discovered “several mistakes” made by the doctor. The investigation is ongoing.

This is a situation that likely won’t go away anytime soon, nor should it. The NFL’s top priority should be to protect its players. That’s a message Harbaugh has often preached during his time in Baltimore.

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John Harbaugh reiterated the thoughts of many who watched the Tua Tagovailoa injury on Thursday night. It truly was “astonishing.”