Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel includes weird detail in Tua Tagovailoa update

Miami, Florida - Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is "in good spirits" after being concussed during Thursday night’s football game, head coach Mike McDaniel told reporters on Friday – but one particular detail left a lot of people scratching their heads.

Head coach Mike McDaniel speaks with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa of the Miami Dolphins in the fourth quarter of the game against the Buffalo Bills at Hard Rock Stadium.
Head coach Mike McDaniel speaks with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa of the Miami Dolphins in the fourth quarter of the game against the Buffalo Bills at Hard Rock Stadium.  © MEGAN BRIGGS / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / GETTY IMAGES VIA AFP

While Tagovailoa may not be thinking about a timetable for his return to the field, his humor is apparently intact after taking the scary hit. Or is it?

According to McDaniel, Tagovailoa was joking around and happy to be on the plane with his teammates during the trip home from Cincinnati after being released from the hospital. But the QB's choice of in-flight entertainment is what raised eyebrows.

"He pulled out his phone and started playing my cult favorite classic movie MacGruber that he watched and was laughing with me," McDonald said during a Frida press conference. "I think he was just happy to be with his teammates. All of his teammates were so elated."

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Yes, that's the 2010 MacGyver parody that grew out of an SNL sketch being described as a "cult favorite classic." And yes, the word "laughing" was mentioned in connection to it.

The NFLPA is certainly not laughing after the Dolphins' decision to allow Tagovailoa to play Thursday, days after the 24-year-old suffered another head injury against Buffalo. The player's union is reportedly looking into possible legal action.

On Friday, the Alabama football alum received an MRI as a precaution to the CT scans and X-rays taken after he was carried off the field on a stretcher.

While the results of the MRI have not yet been released, the Dolphins said Tagovailoa was conscious after the injury and had movement in all his extremities. He was evaluated at a local hospital in Cincinnati before being released to travel back to Miami with the team Thursday.

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