Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa Has Surgery on Ankle, Will Miss Next Game

John Healy
October 20, 2019 - 3:42 pm

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa underwent surgery on Sunday to repair a high-ankle sprain he sustained against Tennessee.

The Heisman Trophy contender will miss Alabama’s game next week against Arkansas, but he may have just enough time to recover for their following game against LSU, which is not until Nov. 9 following the team’s bye week.

Tagovailoa had the same procedure on his other ankle last year, which he hurt in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 1, but returned to play against Oklahoma on Dec. 29 — but will only have 20 days to recover for LSU this year.

The “tightrope” procedure was performed by Dr. Norman Waldrop, who was part of the tam that performed the same surgery on Tagovailoa last year.

“What we do is we drill a hole from the fibula into the tibia and cast these tightropes through the bone and synch it down and tighten it,” he told ESPN last year.  “What these tightropes do are stabilize the ankle. It holds that little bone in its home. It holds it still and stable enough that the bones don't want to spread apart.”

Tagovailoa leads the FBS in QBR and has 27 touchdowns to two interceptions. The left-handed quarterback is widely considered to be the top quarterback in the 2020 draft class.

Redshirt sophomore Mac Jones replaced Tagovailoa and will get the start against Arkansas. He completed 6 of 11 passes for 72 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions against Tennessee.

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