Alabama has confirmed that QB Tua Tagovailoa is, in fact, out for the season with a hip injury, but expected to make a full recovery.
Here’s the statement from the school:
“Tua Tagovailoa suffered a right hip dislocation that was immediately reduced at the stadium. He is undergoing further testing to determine the best course of treatment. He is expected to make a full recovery but will miss the remainder of the season.”
- According to Nagy, Tagovailoa will undergo surgery tonight or Sunday morning.
- Aaron Suttles of The Athletic confirms that Tagovailoa is out for the season with a dislocated hip with a posterior wall fracture.
Based on the report from Nagy, former NFL physician David Chao says this is a “career-threatening” issue for Tagovailoa.
Tagovailoa has been transported to St. VIncent’s Medical Center in Birmingham by helicopter following the hip injury he suffered during Saturday’s game.
Alabama HC Nick Saban said after the game that Tua’s hip injury “could be serious.”
“I really don’t know at this point. We’ve got to do some MRIs and some things, but it’s a hip injury and that’s probably something that could be serious. So we just have to wait and see,” Saban said.
Tagovailoa was carted off during the second quarter of Saturday’s game against Mississippi State with a hip injury and is undergoing X-rays.
ESPN’s Molly McGrath reported during the game that Tagovailoa was “screaming in pain.”
“He was screaming in pain as medical training staff had to pick him up and carry him off the cart,” McGrath said.
Tagovailoa was attempting to extend a player when he was tackled from behind. He was unable to put pressure on his leg and was helped off the field by trainers.
Tagovailoa is one of the top quarterback prospects in the country and has been in the discussion to be the No. 1 overall pick in next year’s draft.
Entering today’s game, Tagovailoa had completed 69.1 percent of his passes for 7,186 yards, 85 touchdowns and 11 interceptions over the course of three seasons and 31 games. He has also rushed for 348 yards and nine touchdowns.
We’ll have more regarding Tagovailoa as the news is available.