Alabama shares positive update on Tua Tagovailoa's hip surgery
Tua Tagovailoa may be out for the rest of the season, but there’s still good news regarding the Alabama quarterback’s long-term future.
On Monday, the Crimson Tide announced that Tagovailoa’s surgery was a success, which will allow the quarterback to recover and eventually continue his football career.
“Tua underwent successful surgery on his right hip Monday morning in Houston,” Dr. Lyle Cain, the team orthopedic surgeon, said in a statement. “The procedure went as planned, and he is resting comfortably. Tua’s prognosis is excellent, and we expect him to make a full recovery. He will return to Tuscaloosa in the next several days to begin his rehab.”
Tagovailoa suffered the hip injury in Alabama’s 38-7 win at Mississippi State on Saturday. This is the second procedure that Tagovailoa has undergone this season, as he also had surgery on his right ankle, which caused him to miss the Arkansas game on Oct. 26. However, this injury was not related to that one.
It’s likely that Tagovailoa’s college career is over, as he should declare for the 2020 NFL draft and begin his pro career next year. He was having another great season for Alabama, as he passed for 2,840 yards and 33 touchdowns in nine games.
The Crimson Tide will look to continue their strong season without Tagovailoa when they host Western Carolina on Saturday at noon ET on ESPN.