Tua Tagovailoa discusses rehab process, pre-Draft workouts
Since Tua Tagovailoa declared for the NFL Draft, every update on his injury recovery and rehabilitation process has been closely followed. This week, at the NFL Scouting Combine, it was reported that he received “positive feedback” on his medical evaluation. With Tagovailoa in Indianapolis, media members were able to ask him to detail the process and layout what’s ahead for him with the April draft approaching.
Unsurprisingly, Tagovailoa has been giving it his all. He doesn’t expect that to change any time between now and April.
“Up to this point, I’ve been rehabbing my butt off,” Tagovailoa told media members. “After March 9 when I get clearance from my doctors, then it’s full go up until my Pro Day.”
Tagovailoa isn’t expecting to have any restrictions after March 9.
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“It allows me to do everything,” he said. “This rehab process has been gradually getting up as far as workouts with what we’ve been doing. Just strengthening all the parts around the hip, the glute, hamstring, quad. Just being able to be ready that once March 9 hits and we’re cleared to go, I’ll be able to do everything.”
Much has been made of when Tagovailoa will throw publically for teams (likely his April pro day, separate from Alabama’s pro day), but it won’t be his first time tossing the pigskin since the injury.
“Yeah, I’ve been throwing a good amount,” Tagovailoa said. “Not too much, not too crazy. But just trying to keep everything still going.”
The leadup to the draft is essentially the biggest audition/interview of Tagovailoa’s young life. He’s predictably giving it all his focus.
“Yeah, it’s been a process now,” Tagovailoa said of staying on schedule during the Combine. “We went to the hospital at 10 yesterday in the morning. I was the last person to leave. We went there at 10 and I was back by about 7:49 p.m. So right in time for the informal and formal interviews.”
[H/T Bama OnLine]