Agreed. The absolute here is that Tua is very unlikely just to slink away. He’s obviously a passionate guy and very competitive. Indeed, you could argue that is part of the challenge here – when you have someone who plays incredibly hard and wants to be out there for his team, he’s less likely to self-report symptoms or change his playing style to protect himself.
So in that sense I agree with @johnmd20
– esp. when you add in how things seemed to click for him in year 3, the odds that Tua will just walk away are next to nil. He’s likely to exhaust every avenue to get back out there first.
What I’m suggesting is that he will not be the only one making this decision. The team and the league (and maybe the union) are highly likely to take a much more active role in managing his comeback because none of them want to, as noted above, be liable for him being catastrophically injured or, more broadly, be seen as indifferent to player health.
Fair or not, Tua is the current face of the league’s concussion problem – which means he could feel 100% ready to go and find that his coach won’t play him or the league finds some quasi-made up excuse for keeping him inactive.The other thing that could happen is that he’s out long enough that the Dolphins just move on to another QB in the interim sort of the way Washington did with Cousins while RG3 was continuously injured (obviously a different situation).
None of which is to say Tua is finished. But it could be a tough road back if he has any further setbacks.