Tua Tagovailoa injury could be devastating for his NFL Draft stock

Tanya Simon
November 18, 2019

He was injured on third play of the ensuing drive; he left the game on an injury cart, unable to put any weight on his right leg.

Alabama's run for a College Football Playoff spot will happen without its starting quarterback, as Tua Tagovailoa is out for the season due to a dislocated hip with a posterior wall fracture suffered Saturday, a source told Aaron Suttles of The Athletic. "He is expected to make a full recovery but will miss the remainder of the season", said Dr. Lyle Cain, Alabama's orthopedic surgeon.

"For the past 24 hours our medical team has consulted with multiple orthopedic experts across the country, who specialize in hip injuries and surgeries", the statement reads. He reiterated that they expect Tagovailoa to make a full recovery.

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Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after throwing an interception in the first half against the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 19, 2019 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. ESPN sideline reporter Molly McGrath reported Tagovailoa was "screaming in pain". Trainers also treated Tagovailoa for a bloody nose suffered when his facemask hit the turf head-on.

Alabama coach Nick Saban said the plan was to remove Tagovailoa from the game before the series when the quarterback was injured.

Alabama officials confirmed Tagovailoa was flown by helicopter to the St. Vincent's Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama.

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