This isn’t the way Alabama wanted to start spring practice but, of course, injuries are simply part of the game.

The collective breath of the Crimson Tide fanbase was held Tuesday as rising sophomore Tua Tagovailoa was injured during Alabama’s first practice of the spring. While the majority of the anxiety around his status was immediately lifted upon learning it was a minor injury to his thumb, considering he is currently battling out Jalen Hurts for the starting job, this won’t help him overtake the rising junior.

During a recent appearance on WJOX 94.5 FM radio program The Roundtable, ESPN’s Chris Low offered up the latest on Tagovailoa’s status after checking in with his sources down in Tuscaloosa.

“I talked to some people over there. There was concern initially; I know there was some swelling,” Low said on the air. “The latest information I have is he is going to be out for part of the spring, but they do expect him back before the spring is over. So, we’ll see, I know he was getting checked out today. Sometimes, that can be a fluid situation. I don’t think it’s one of those situations where he could miss, now things can change, the entire spring. We’ll see how it all plays out.”

That sounds like good news as the QB derby could still be on this spring and in time for Alabama’s A-Day on Saturday, April 21.