Sport Tua Tagovailoa hip injury casts dark cloud over 38-7 Alabama victory
Alabama QB Tagovailoa starts against LSU after ankle surgery
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa started for the No. 1 Crimson Tide against No. 2 LSU less than three weeks after surgery on his injured ankle.Tagovailoa, who underwent his second TightRope surgical procedure in the last 11 months on Oct. 20 after suffering a high ankle sprain, went through some throws on the move without pads prior to pregame warmups as Crimson Tide head trainer Jeff Allen observed him closely nearby. He later joined all the other Alabama quarterbacks for pregame warmups, with both ankles heavily wrapped.
Tua Tagovailoa re-injured in Mississippi State after lobbying to reenter game
The Alabama quarterback was unable to leave the field on his own power.Tagovailoa, with Alabama up 35-7 and enough time remaining for one final drive in the half, was seen lobbying to reenter the game for one final drive. 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. He also seemed to have suffered a facial injury.
STARKVILLE, Mississippi — For the first 26:59 of Saturday’s game, Tua Tagovailoa appeared back to his Heisman Trophy-contending form.
But in an instant, all that went out the window as Alabama’s still-recovering starting quarterback writhed in pain after a nasty-looking takedown on third-and-4 with 3:01 remaining before halftime in the 38-7 rout of host Mississippi State inside Davis Wade Stadium on Saturday.
Tagovailoa, who underwent a tightrope procedure on his right ankle less than four weeks ago, is believed to have suffered a hip injury, according to head coach Nick Saban, when two Mississippi State defenders rolled up on him during the third-down tackle. Tagovailoa, whose nose was bleeding after his helmet was ripped off during the fall, had to be carted off the field and wouldn’t return.
Alabama QB Tagovailoa carted off field vs Mississippi State
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was carted off the field after being dragged down by two Mississippi State defenders, a tackle that left him favoring his right leg and hip. Fourth-ranked Alabama was leading 35-7 with 3:01 left in the first half when Tagovailoa, who had surgery on a sprained right ankle nearly a month ago, was injured. Mac Jones replaced Tagovailoa, who did not join the team on the sideline after halftime. The latest injury appeared to be different from the ankle sprain. The hard hit knocked off Tagovailoa’s helmet and left him with a bloody nose.
Prior to the injury, Tagovailoa completed his first nine straight passes of the game and led No. 5 Alabama (9-1, 6-1 SEC) to touchdowns on its first five offensive series before returning to the field with 3:42 remaining in the first half and the Crimson Tide already leading 35-7. Tagovailoa finished the first half 14-of-18, including a throwaway after being flushed from the pocket on the fateful third down.
But it was what happened after the ball left his hand that mattered more than anything he did prior as Mississippi State defenders Leo Lewis and Marquiss Spencer pulled Tagovailoa down from behind before rolling over top of last year’s Heisman Trophy runner-up. He remained down on the turf in obvious pain for several minutes as trainers attended to him.
Tagovailoa's injury — and those of several others throughout the game — put a dark cloud over an otherwise bounce-back effort for Alabama, which lost 46-41 to No. 1 LSU a week ago in Tuscaloosa.
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.
Both senior defensive end Raekwon Davis and freshman nose guard D.J. Dale also left the game with lower body injuries, with Davis exiting minutes after Tagovailoa and needing to be carted to the locker room after not being able to put any weight on his left leg. Neither returned.
A game-time decision to even start the game Saturday after being limited at practice all week with a sore right ankle, Tagovailoa threw for 256 yards and a pair of touchdown passes of 19- and 33-yards to running back Najee Harris and receiver Jaylen Waddle, respectively.
Tagovailoa also frequently connected with fellow junior Jerry Jeudy six times for 104 yards in the first half, as the pair combined to help Alabama start 5-for-5 on third down in the game, including completions of 37-, 15- and 12-yards on three of the four third downs.
Harris had 88 rushing yards and all four of his total touchdowns in the first half, including rushing scores of 10-, 5- and 5-yards to tie teammate DeVonta Smith for the program record for most touchdowns in the first half.
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Tide: Tagovailoa suffered dislocated hip, expected to make 'full recovery'
Alabama said Tua Tagovailoa suffered a hip injury and is expected to make a full recovery. People close to the situation added that Tagovailoa had a posterior wall fracture.RELATED: Tua hurt in Alabama's win
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A week after severe hip injury, Tua Tagovailoa driven onto sideline to watch Alabama .
A week after severe hip injury, Tua Tagovailoa driven onto sideline to watch AlabamaTagovailoa suffered a dislocated right hip during Alabama’s game against Mississippi State in Week 12 and was driven into the stadium on a cart to a rousing ovation.