Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa Out For Season With Hip Fracture

John Healy
November 16, 2019 - 2:33 pm

Tua Tagovailoa has played his last snap at Alabama, and what that means for his NFL future is also uncertain.

The potential No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft was diagnosed with a dislocated hip with a posterior wall fracture, according to Aaron Suttles of The Athletic. His season is over. The team also released a statement confirming the report.

Tagovailoa took a vicious hit in the second quarter of Saturday's game against Mississippi State and had to be carted off the field. He also had a bloody nose as he was driven facemask-first into the turf.

Tagovailoa was "screaming in pain," according to ESPN sideline reporter Molly McGrath. The quarterback underwent X-rays at halftime and left the stadium in an ambulance.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban confirmed it was a hip injury at halftime but could not offer more information than that.

Jim Nagy, the executive director of the Senior Bowl and an ESPN NFL Draft analyst, was first to report that Tagovailoa's injury was believed to be "serious" hip fracture, comparing it to the injury that ended Bo Jackson's career. He added that Tagovailoa is expected to undergo surgery.

There were some questions prior to the game of whether or not Tagovailoa should play because he was battling a high ankle sprain, which he had a minor procedure on three weeks ago.

It did not seem to hinder his performance, though. The potential Heisman Trophy candidate completed 14 of 18 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions before the injury.

If Tagovailoa indeed has surgery, his time at Alabama is over and the focus will shift to what it means for him in the NFL Draft.

Tagovailoa is also projected to be a top draft pick and is arguably the best quarterback in the 2020 draft class, but recovery from surgery of a hip injury will certainly raise questions on if he still has a high ceiling as an NFL-caliber quarterback.

Alabama, meanwhile, will continue to make its push to get in the College Football Playoff with Mac Jones as quarterback.

Jones, a sophomore, completed 7 of 11 passes for 94 yards taking over for Tagovailoa, but the game was also out of reach with the Crimson Tide leading Mississippi State 35-7 at halftime.

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