Per ESPN’s Laura Rutledge, Cain explained Tagovailoa’s dislocated hip injury is completely different than former RB Bo Jackson, whose NFL career was infamously ended by a dislocated hip and resulting avascular necrosis (AVN).
Cain says Jackson continued to play on his injury and did further, irreparable damage, while doctors acted quickly for Tagovailoa.
Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer talked to NFL evaluators who said Tagovailoa’s injury likely affected his draft stock.
“It affects [his stock] for sure,” an anonymous AFC executive said. “He should come out for sure. The story is far from being written—I think this pushes [Joe] Burrow and [Justin] Herbert ahead of him for sure, but barring a Bo Jackson injury, I still think he goes top half of Round 1.”
Breer also talked to Dr. Jess Flynn, who said that while there’s a risk for Tagovailoa developing career-ending AVN, that risk is less than 10 percent in cases like his where his dislocated hip was relocated within six hours.
Flynn adds there is still a significant risk of Tagovailoa’s hip becoming a long-term issue.
Tagovailoa is one of the top quarterback prospects in the country and had been in the discussion to be the No. 1 overall pick in next year’s draft before the injury.
For his career, Tagovailoa has completed 69.3 percent of his passes for 7,442 yards, 87 touchdowns and 11 interceptions over the course of three seasons and 32 games. He has also rushed for 340 yards and nine touchdowns.
We’ll have more regarding Tagovailoa as the news is available.