Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will miss the rest of this season after struggling a dislocated proper hip Saturday within the Crimson Tide’s 38-7 win over Mississippi State, Alabama orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lyle Cain stated in an announcement.
Tagovailoa additionally suffered a posterior wall fracture, sources confirmed to ESPN, and medical officers are persevering with to judge his damage to find out the very best course of therapy. He’s anticipated to make a full restoration, Cain stated.
Tagovailoa was injured with three minutes remaining earlier than halftime when he was introduced down by two Bulldogs defenders whereas rolling to his left on a third-down play. He suffered a bloody nostril and could not put strain on his proper leg when he was helped up by trainers. He was carted off from the sphere and ultimately airlifted again to Birmingham for CAT scans and MRIs.
Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban stated after the sport that he did not suppose the damage was associated to the ankle damage that made Tagovailoa a game-time resolution for Saturday’s recreation. “It is form of a freak factor that you simply seldom see,” he stated.
“He was good, at the least pretty much as good as he was per week in the past when it comes to his skill to maneuver,” Saban added. “I do not suppose something he did affected his efficiency within the first half. So the man performed, and I believed he performed very well. And we hate it that he bought injured. We hate it for him. We hate it for his household. I hate it when any participant on our staff will get injured. So Godspeed to him and his complete household, and our ideas and prayers are with them and hope this isn’t so critical it has any long-term impact on his future as a participant.”
Saban advised ESPN’s Molly McGrath that the drive was going to be Tagovailoa’s last one of many recreation. Saban stated Tagovailoa was nonetheless within the recreation to observe a two-minute drill.
“That was going to be his final collection,” Saban stated. “We have been going to do two-minute earlier than the half was over only for observe. First, we have got to dam them higher so he does not get sacked. It is too unhealthy.”
McGrath reported that Tagovailoa was screaming in ache as trainers helped elevate him off the cart.
The Tide have been main 35-7 on the time of the damage. Tagovailoa was 14-for-18 for 256 yards with two touchdowns.
Saban stated the teaching employees thought-about placing backup quarterback Mac Jones into the sport for Tagovailoa earlier than the ultimate collection.
“We will second-guess ourselves all we wish,” Saban stated. “We advised Mac to heat up. We have been going to go two-minute earlier than the half, and Tua needed to go within the recreation. So I do not actually make plenty of selections about guys getting harm. … We had complete confidence in Mac, and Mac did an excellent job when he went in.”
Jonathan Vilma and Mark Sanchez each predict Alabama will drop within the rankings after Tua Tagovailoa’s season-ending damage and stiffer competitors on the rise.
Tagovailoa, a Heisman Trophy contender and potential top-10 choose in subsequent spring’s NFL draft, had surgical procedure on his proper ankle Oct. 20, a day after he was injured within the Crimson Tide’s 35-13 victory over Tennessee.
Surgeons carried out a “tightrope” process on his proper ankle, by which they drilled a gap from his fibula into the tibia and forged three tightropes by way of the bone and cinched it right down to tighten it, in line with Dr. Norman Waldrop, who was a part of the medical staff that carried out the process on Tagovailoa’s left ankle following the SEC championship recreation final season.
Tagovailoa missed Alabama’s 48-7 win over Arkansas on Oct. 26 however returned to begin towards LSU final week. His mobility was restricted, however he nonetheless accomplished 21 of 40 passes for 418 yards with 4 touchdowns and one interception within the Crimson Tide’s 46-41 loss to the Tigers.
“The way in which I take a look at this entire factor is: Tua’s our No. 1 quarterback, and if he is bodily capable of play, we wish to play him within the recreation,” Saban stated when requested in regards to the worth of placing Tagovailoa within the recreation when the Tide have been forward by 28 factors. “That is what he needed to do, and that is what our staff needed to do. If I’d have identified — figuring out that something unhealthy was going to occur, definitely I would not have put him in that scenario. However we’re a staff. We’re a staff that is making an attempt to get higher … to see if we will end the season the best way we wish.”
Whether or not Tagovailoa’s damage impacts Alabama’s probabilities to make the School Soccer Playoff may not be identified for just a few weeks.
“If these experiences show to be true, our ideas and prayers exit to Tua and his household,” CFP govt director Invoice Hancock stated to ESPN. “As for soccer, three weeks stay within the season, and the choice committee does not undertaking forward.”
ESPN’s Mark Schlabach contributed to this report.