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Tua Tagovailoa leaves on a stretcher

Michael Holley and Jim Trotter offer their takes on whether they believe in the Dolphins as true contenders and explain why Thursday’s game against the Bengals is an important litmus test.

Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa returned last week after being evaluated for a concussion. He started in Thursday Night Football despite back and ankle injuries.

But his night ended early with a scary injury.

Tagovailoa was sacked for a 10-yard loss by Josh Tupou with 5:57 remaining in the first half. The back of his helmet bounced off the turf in Cincinnati.

He was placed on a stabilizing board before being loaded onto a stretcher.

Amazon showed repeated images of a “fencing response” in Tagovailoa’s hands, which is a neurological response to head trauma.

The entire Dolphins team walked to midfield out of concern for Tagovailoa.

Tagovailoa was 8-of-14 for 110 yards and an interception.

Teddy Bridgewater has replaced Tagovailoa.