Published: Tue, November 19, 2019
Medical | By Mark Scott

Tua Tagovailoa exits Alabama's game against MSU with injured hip

Tua Tagovailoa exits Alabama's game against MSU with injured hip

With just more than three minutes to play in the second quarter and Alabama up, 35-7, Tagovailoa rolled out to his left and threw the ball away on third and four.

"For the past 24 hours our medical team has consulted with multiple orthopedic experts across the country, who specialize in hip injuries and surgeries", Alabama team orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lyle Cain said in a statement.

The Heisman Trophy runnerup last season and a leading candidate this year will miss the final two games of the regular season and future postseason games.

Tagovailoa is a 6-foot-1, 218-pound junior from Ewa Beach, Hawaii, who attended high school in St. Louis, according to an Alabama athletic department bio.

The collision bloodied the quarterback nose and forced him to be carted off the field.

Tagovailoa had surgery on his right ankle on October 20, one day after he was injured in the Crimson Tide's 35-13 victory over Tennessee.

"They took him in to look at him, so we'll see what's happening", Alabama head coach Nick Saban told ESPN.

This is a serious injury, and we all hope the best for Tagovailoa.

Tagovailoa completed his first nine passes of the game and led Alabama to touchdowns on its first five possessions.

From a more long-term perspective, however, the quarterback's injury could significantly alter the 2020 National Football League draft. That's embarrassing for a beat writer to admit, but it's the truth.

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