Report: Tua Tagovailoa being airlifted to medical center following injury against Mississippi State
Tua Tagovailoa suffered a hip injury Saturday against Mississippi State. The Alabama quarterback was screaming in pain down on the field, and he was immediately carted off the field and taken to the locker room.
Later, Tagovailoa was transported to likely a hospital by ambulance from Davis Wade Stadium. However, the latest is from Tuscaloosa News’ Cecil Hurt. Hurt reports that Tagovailoa has been airlifted to St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama, where they will further evaluate his injury.
Tua Tagovailoa has been taken by helicopter to St. VIncent’s Medical Center in Birmingham
— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) November 16, 2019
The Athletic’s Aaron Suttles provided a photo that was sent to him showing Tua being loaded into the helicopter:
Sent to me…Tua Tagovailoa being transported by helicopter to St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Birmingham. pic.twitter.com/yvW4dOCLVZ
— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) November 16, 2019
Tagovailoa was questionable whether he’d even play Saturday against MSU, and he was injured late in the second quarter while Alabama held a 35-7 lead. The Alabama quarterback finished Saturday’s game 14-of-18 for 256 yards and two touchdowns.
Tagovailoa playing against Mississippi State proved very costly for Alabama, and it’s nobody’s fought. It was a freak accident. However, Nick Saban is taking heat over his decision to even have Tagovailoa in the game.
Below is a replay of Tagovailoa’s injury:
Here's what happened to Tua, got injured, carted off.pic.twitter.com/wH2LpQ0crB
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) November 16, 2019
Tua carted off after being unable to put any weight on his leg. Had to be carried into the cart. pic.twitter.com/d5NFkhX1mr
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) November 16, 2019
Nick Saban was asked at halftime why Tagovailoa was still playing, and he offered up the following explanation.
“He hurt his hip, I don’t know anything else more than that,” Saban said. “They took him in to look at him. That was going to be his last series, we were going to do two-minute (offense) before the half with him, just for practice. Of course, we got to block them better so he doesn’t get sacked. Too bad.
“We were going to put Mac in but we let Tua in just for practice,” Saban added. “I don’t worry about players getting hurt. Certainly don’t want to see anyone get hurt, especially him.”