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Sport Will Tua play against LSU? Nick Saban says there's 'a good chance'

19:25  07 november  2019
19:25  07 november  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

Saban: Tua doing 'better than expected' after ankle procedure

  Saban: Tua doing 'better than expected' after ankle procedure Alabama head coach Nick Saban is optimistic about Tua Tagovailoa's rehabilitation progress after the quarterback underwent a tightrope procedure on his right ankle last Sunday. Saban provided an update on Tagovailoa's status ahead of Alabama's matchup with Arkansas on Saturday. "He's absolutely doing even better than expected," Saban said during an "SEC Nation" interview, according to Matt Zenitz of AL.com. "Didn't have a lot of swelling thisSaban provided an update on Tagovailoa's status ahead of Alabama's matchup with Arkansas on Saturday.

Nick Saban said Tua Tagovailoa could be out 1-2 weeks with a high ankle sprain Saban said Tua will practice today and it will be a game-time decision if he plays against LSU . There ’ s a very real chance Saban already knows Tua is good to go, and just wants to keep LSU guessing as to what will

Alabama coach Nick Saban said Monday that quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is expected to return to practice Saban said Tagovailoa will play against LSU , “if he can perform to the best of his ability. Saban was later asked if he had a date when he would need to determine whether Tagovailoa could

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — When it comes to the status of injured quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, confidence is riding high around the Alabama athletic complex with each day heading into Saturday’s rivalry game against No. 2 LSU.

a close up of a man in a red shirt: Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa returns to practice in limited capacity© Provided by USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa returns to practice in limited capacity

Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban told ESPN.com on Wednesday that "there's a good chance (Tagovailoa) will play" before seemingly rehashing his “game-time decision” mantra regarding his quarterback’s playing availability in his regular post-practice news conference.

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  Tua Tagovailoa injury update: Alabama QB (ankle) a 'game-time decision' for LSU, Nick Saban says “We’ll just have to see what he can do,” Alabama coach Nick Saban told reporters Monday.Speaking to reporters, Alabama coach Nick Saban confirmed the quarterback will return to practice Wednesday from a high ankle sprain he suffered Oct. 19 against Tennessee.

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Injured Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has " a good chance " to play in the Crimson Tide' s Saturday home game against LSU if he continues to progress, coach Nick Saban said Despite the obstacles, there is university and community sentiment to bring back the 53-year-old Schiano, a New

“Tua’s worked hard to try to get back to where he has an opportunity to play, he’s practiced some, we still don’t know what his status for the game is going to be, we’ll make it when the game comes,” Saban said later Wednesday. “We don’t know what kind of setbacks he’s going to have and (how) he’ll continue to progress. There’s nothing else I can really say about it.”

Tagovailoa underwent a "tightrope" surgical procedure on his right, non-plant ankle on Oct. 20 to help the healing process for a high ankle sprain suffered in the first half against Tennessee. Should he play Saturday as expected, it would be exactly 20 days post-op, which is almost unheard-of among skill players that have undergone a similar procedure.

Tagovailoa has participated on a somewhat limited basis in Alabama’s last five practices, including being visible during the open media viewing period all three days this week.

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa returns to practice in limited capacity

  Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa returns to practice in limited capacity Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa returned to the practice field in a limited capacity, 10 days after a tightrope procedure on his injured right ankle.TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Injured Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since his tightrope ankle surgery on Oct. 20, though he was severely limited, according to head coach Nick Saban.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban discusses whether Tua Tagovailoa will play vs. LSU , how he feels about the highly ranked matchup, what the Crimson Tide

Alabama coach Nick Saban said on Wednesday that his star QB has made positive strides in practice this week and “ there ’ s a good chance he will play ” on “He knows what to expect now, and you could tell with his rehab,” said Saban . “Sometimes the first time a guy gets hurt, they’re even afraid in rehab

"If you watched (Tuesday's) practice film, you would have a hard time even recognizing that the guy is hurt," Saban told ESPN. "But we're not asking him to do everything he would in a game. He's not scrambling for a first down. He's not getting chased by a defensive end or any of that stuff, so it's a little bit controlled. We'll continue to monitor him and see how he progresses, but we're pleased with where he is."

Despite citing Tagovailoa’s range of mobility as a concern with ESPN, Saban made it clear later Wednesday it could ultimately affect whether he plays or not.

“I’m not going to play the guy if he can’t move,” Saban said.

ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit, who will be in Tuscaloosa earlier Saturday for ESPN’s "College GameDay" broadcast from the Quad, said he’s heard nothing but positive things about Tagovailoa’s progress this week.

Alabama gave Saban golf-themed birthday celebration

  Alabama gave Saban golf-themed birthday celebration Alabama gave Saban golf-themed birthday celebration from Alabama on Thursday.© Joe Robbins/Getty Images TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 21: Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban looks on before a game against the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 21, 2019 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Alabama defeated Southern Miss 49-7. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Saban turned 68 and the festivities — if you want to call the few minutes before Alabama’s team meeting festivities — included a putting green, golf-themed cake and even some toy golf clubs.

Injured Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has “ a good chance ” to play in the Crimson Tide’ s Saturday home game against LSU if he continues to progress, coach Nick Saban said Despite the obstacles, there is university and community sentiment to bring back the 53-year-old Schiano, a New

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“I think he's going to be fine,” Herbstreit said Wednesday on a teleconference. “I talked with people down there, unless there's some kind of setback within the game I expect him to be very capable of being the Tua that we expect.”

Despite missing the Arkansas game two weeks ago, Tagovailoa is still the nation’s second-leading passer with a 74.7 completion percentage (145-of-194) for 2,166 yards and 27 touchdowns to just two interceptions.

Only LSU’s own Heisman Trophy-hopeful, Joe Burrow, has been more accurate, completing 78.8% of his passes (205-of-260) for 2,805 yards and 30 touchdowns to four interceptions.

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Don't blame Saban for Tua's injury in Alabama's win .
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa went down with a potentially serious hip injury, but it wasn't Nick Saban's fault he was still in the game.Alabama led 35-7 when Tua Tagovailoa, chased by a pair of Mississippi State defenders, went to the ground hard with what appears to be a severe hip injury.

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