Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa Carted Off Field

Alabama star (and projected top draft pick) Tua Tagovailoa was carted off the field during the second quarter of today’s game against Mississippi State. Some are calling it a hip injury, with ESPN’s Molly McGrath saying that the quarterback was “screaming in pain” (via ESPN’s Field Yates on Twitter). Tagovailoa also appeared to have suffered a bloody nose.

The 2018 Heisman runner-up is no stranger to injuries, as he underwent surgery to repair a high ankle sprain in late October. He returned to the field three weeks later, throwing four touchdowns in a loss to LSU. There were questions if Tagovailoa would even play today’s game, as the quarterback was still suffering from ankle pain.

As Michael David Smith of points out, this will lead to questions about why head coach Nick Saban kept the signal-caller in the game. Alabama was leading Mississippi State 35-7 at the time of the injury, with Tagovailoa having completed 14 of his 18 pass attempts for 256 yards and two touchdowns. For what it’s worth, Saban noted that it wasn’t an ankle injury that knocked his star quarterback out of today’s game.

“He hurt his hip. I don’t know anything more than that,” Saban told ESPN at halftime (via Ben Kercheval of CBS Sports). “That was going to be his last series. We were going to do 2-minute before the half with him, just for practice.”

Considering Tagovailoa’s draft stock can’t be much higher, there will also be talk about whether the quarterback has played his final game for Alabama. As David Smith points out, a major injury could cause Tagovailoa to fall in the draft, potentially costing the quarterback millions of dollars. Even if today’s injury proves to not be serious, it might be enough to convince Tagovailoa’s camp to call it a season.

In his most recent mock draft, Sport Illustrated’s Kevin Hanson had Tagovailoa going fourth to the Dolphins. In fact, the pundit didn’t have the Alabama product as the first quarterback off the board; that honor belonged to LSU’s Joe Burrow, who Hanson projects to go first overall to the Bengals. If Tagovailoa’s injury does prove to be serious, that could vicariously boost the draft stock of Oregon’s Justin Herbert or Utah State’s Jordan Love, a pair of quarterbacks who are projected to go in the second-half of the first round.

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10 comments on “Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa Carted Off Field

  1. JJB0811

    Must admire the arrogance of calling a game against a SEC team ‘practice’.

    “That was going to be his last series. We were going to do 2-minute before the half with him, just for practice.”

    • How is it arrogance if they’re up 4 TDs before the half? And he’s not calling it ‘a practice’, like it’s a scrimmage. He’s calling it ‘practice’, because he’s getting reps against an opposing defense in an in-game situation.

      • JJB0811

        Does it really matter the interpretation of the word ‘practice’ while in the midst of a game? When you’re up 4 TD’s in the 1st half, you can be as arrogant as you like.

    • DarkSide830

      most games are “practice” for these big teams. thats why college sports is such a joke to watch.

  2. shawn hemp

    Recruits neEd to look at how sabban acts and treats players. I wouldn’t want to go there. Plenty of other big programs that do right by their players

    • inkstainedscribe

      To that point, the guys on the ESPN college pregame show said Saban shouldn’t play Tua just to show recruits and their families he wouldn’t needlessly put players at risk.

      • crosseyedlemon

        That really just illustrates how dumb those guys working at ESPN are. Do they actually think there are coaches that stand in the lockeroom before a game saying “I need some volunteers that I can purposely put at risk”.

        • inkstainedscribe

          Alternatively, Saban could have held him out and let his ankle heal more. They weren’t likely to lose to Mississippi State in any event. That’s what the ESPN guys were saying.

  3. afsooner02

    Bama isn’t makin the playoff anyway. Tua should sit out rest of the year and get ready for the draft.

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