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Jim Dunaway of WJOX 94.5 FM in Birmingham, Alabama, showed Tagovailoa getting medical treatment in Alabama’s sideline tent:
Tua Tagovailoa’s parents going into the medical tent @JOXRoundtable #RollTide https://t.co/0AEIvEw4AI
Injury concerns with the sophomore first cropped up in the spring when it was revealed he broke a bone in his (left) throwing hand. However, Tagovailoa recovered in time to win the Crimson Tide’s starting job over incumbent Jalen Hurts.
Head coachNick Sabanlater revealed Oct. 10 that Tagovailoa had been diagnosed with a sprained knee, although it didn’t prevent him from practicing.
Bumps, bruises and all, Tagovailoa has been a game-changer for a Crimson Tide offense that used to lack an explosive aerial dimension. Six starts into his first full season under center, Tagovailoa completed 75.2 percent of his passes for 1,495 yards, 18 touchdowns and zero interceptions.
He also tallied 23 carries for 122 yards and two scores.
If there’s a silver lining, it’s that Alabama has arguably the best contingency plan around in Hurts.
Now a junior, Hurts captained the Crimson Tide’s offense en route to back-to-back national title game appearances in 2016 and 2017. He’s also looked more comfortable under center this season when subbing in for Tagovailoa.
Hurts has completed 71.4 percent of his passes for 453 yards, five touchdowns and an interception this year.