Last week on "Thursday Night Football," Tua Tagovailoa's concussion became huge news. Part of the story was a clip of him, four days before, stumbling and needing to be held up against the Buffalo Bills.
On the third offensive play of the game, Hines caught a pass and was hit by a couple of Denver Broncos. It didn't look like a particularly violent hit. But as Hines got up, his legs gave out. He was being held up, wobbly after the tackle he took. It was impossible, after a week of discussion on Tagovailoa and head injuries in the NFL, to not have flashbacks.
"Uh oh, uh oh," play-by-play announcer Al Michaels said on the Amazon Prime Video broadcast. "Of all things."
"Oh, boy," color commentator Kirk Herbstreit said.
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Hines was helped off and headed to the locker room almost immediately. Before the end of the first quarter Hines was ruled out, according to multiple reports.
Head injuries are a part of football. That's not going away. But the NFL probably didn't need a stark reminder of last week's horrible injury just a few plays into this week's Thursday night game.