Tua Tagovailoa carted off field vs. Mississippi State

Tanya Simon
November 16, 2019

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was injured heading into today's game against Mississippi State, with his high ankle sprain bothering him seriously enough that there was some talk he might not play.

Tagovailoa had surgery on a sprained right ankle nearly five weeks after injuring it against Tennessee on October 19.

During a halftime interview on ESPN, Saban said Tagovailoa injured his right hip, but didn't know anything more. He was helped off the ground by medical staff, avoiding putting weight on his right leg.

Saban later said it was his decision to place Tagovailoa back in the game, in order to run a two-minute drill.

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A long-lasting injury to Tagovailoa would be a worst-case scenario for Alabama, which likely needs him to beat Auburn in the Iron Bowl later this season and, presumably, make a final attempt at the College Football Playoff. He also had a bloody nose and was reportedly screaming in pain as trainers helped lift him off the cart, according to ESPN's Molly McGrath.

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. That was going to be his last series of the half. And of course we've got to block them better so he doesn't get sacked.

A cart was brought out and Tagovailoa was taken to the locker room for x-rays. He finished the day 14 of 18 for 256 yards and two touchdowns.

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