Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa Out For Season

Top NFL draft prospect (and star quarterback at Alabama) Tua Tagovailoa is out for the season with a dislocated hip with a posterior wall fracture, according Alabama beat writer Aaron Suttles of The Athletic. Tagovailoa was carted off the field earlier today in the Crimson Tide’s game against Mississippi State.

After the Tide completed their 38-7 victory, head coach Nick Saban confirmed that Tagovailoa was being taken to Birmingham for CAT scans and MRIs to’s Mike Rodak. The reports suggest those scans revealed the news many feared. A dislocated hip with a posterior wall fracture is considered one of the most painful and damaging injuries.

Tagovailoa’s draft stock no longer contains the flash that it did at its peak in the middle of last year. His health and sporadic play in last season’s College Football Playoff raised some questions, while LSU’s Joe Burrow has emerged as a legitimate rival with Tagovailoa for the best quarterback available in next year’s draft class. However, Tagovailoa remained a consensus top-five prospect and still had plenty of season to reassert himself as the best prospect.

Now, Tagovailoa’s injury could put his entire football career in jeopardy. Dr. David J. Chao (also known as Pro Football Doc) details the potential ramifications for the San Diego Union-Tribune. Dr. Chao clarifies that the injury is not identical to Bo Jackson‘s career-ending injury, but is a comparison that is sure to be made. In his previous experience as a former NFL team doctor, Chao recalls one experience with this injury. The player returned in eight weeks, but retired at the end of the season.

This injury injects new levels of uncertainty into Tagovailoa’s future. Not only is he looking at a prolonged rehab, but there now may be questions as to whether he should return to school for his senior season in an attempt to rebuild his draft stock. Granted, this injury could also allow him to fall to a more advantageous long term NFL situation. A lot remains unknown, but one thing is clear: Alabama will be without their starting quarterback for the rest of this season.

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  1. JJB0811

    The good news is, in the league of ‘parity’, he won’t be drafted by a continually bad team. Rather, sit for a year, then take over.

    • TheTruth12

      Did we read the same article? It sounds like there’s a good chance his career is done. Obviously hope it’s not and he has a speedy recovery, but it’s looking like Saban ended Tua’s career.

      • JJB0811

        Saban didn’t hurt the guy. Please. It was a football play before halftime. Saban had nothing to do with the injury, nor did he want him to get hurt. Saban has made more millionaires this century than most CEO’s for junior executives.

        As for the injury, money says he gets drafted in the 1st or 2nd round in April. He’ll make plenty.

        • TheTruth12

          Are you kidding? Tua wasn’t 100% coming into the game, knowing that there’s absolutely NO excuse to leave him in up 28.

          • JJB0811

            Who is 100% healthy mid November? NCAA football is based off blowout wins, not close ones. If Bama were to ‘barely’ win today, they’d be penalized for ‘almost losing to bad opponent’. Don’t you follow college football?

            • TheTruth12

              Man you really are an idiot huh? Yes college football is about how you win but Saban literally said that was Tua’s last drive. Absolutely no one is gonna go man Bamas win wasn’t that impressive because they didn’t get 7 more points. And if you do say that then you’re an idiot

              • JJB0811

                So if he sat 1 series earlier then all is fine. Or if he threw another dime TD then all is fine. But since he was hurt, it’s the coaches fault. Solid thinking there.

                • TheTruth12

                  Its really not that hard to understand dude, take him out early he doesn’t get injured, Saban left him in so it’s on him. It’s not even a question

                  • JJB0811

                    Answer this question. 21-0 LSU over Ole Miss right now. 14 min left in the 2nd. Should LSU pull their star QB?

                  • imindless

                    @thetruth12 You are the moron lol, would like to bubblewrap your players and sit them? This was bound to happen and mostly likely a defect the same way the bo jacksons was. To blame coaches for playing a player makes little sense. Again you are probably the same idiot that supports lebron james attempt at paying college athletes despite getting paid with an educaction none choose to take.

          • JJB0811

            One thing I always admired about J Pa was he would rather sit 1st stringers than run up scores on opposing teams. Paterno felt it was poor sportsmanship running up scores for ‘profile’ points. He was & is right. But college football is based off that fact alone.

            As for ignoring his DC, well that’s another matter.

          • kevin

            agreed . he was not playing him in the second half and was trying to pad the stats and score so that it would look good so his team would get into the BS they call the playoffs . ( I disagree with the playoff system 100% the way they have it . it needs to be fixed and made to be more like the basketball in a scence)

  2. JJB0811

    21-0 LSU over Ole Miss right now. 14 min left in the 2nd. Should LSU pull their star QB?

    • The Ghost of Bobby Bonilla

      LOL, could you imagine? Everybody passes on Tua expect Darth Belichick. He takes over for Brady in 2021 and wins 8 SBs.

      All of us non Cheatriot fans all have to seriously question our belief in a God.

    • Thomas Bliss

      As of now Cincinnati has the 1st pick. I doubt it’s Tua anyway. Lot of people was already leaning towards Joe Burrow.

      • DarkSide830

        im not betting on it – dont get me wrong – but it just seems like these tanking teams have invested so much into not only getting a top-pick QB, but specifically Tua, that they might just do it anyway. this may be what height was to Kyler. teams may roll the dice regardless.

        • dust44

          Dolphins will take him if he’s still there wherever they end up either way. They’ve been tank for Tua since they hired Flores. Bengals will b all in on Burrow. Looks like a Goff/Cousins NFL QB and the new coach is a McVay Guy.

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