Devastating news out of Starkville as Tua Tagovailoa had to be carted off the field during the first half of Alabama’s game against Mississippi State.

Leading up to the halftime break, Tagovailoa got rolled up on and remained down on the turf until the Alabama training staff could help him get on to a cart. Tagovailoa did not appear able to put any weight on his leg following his injury and also suffered a bloody nose on the play.

Here’s how Nick Saban described the injury to Tua and the decision to keep his star quarterback on the field with his team up 35-7.

“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.”

According to ESPN sideline reporter Molly McGrath, who was working the Mississippi State game, Tua was in terrible pain following the injury to his hip.