Nick Saban reveals extent of Tua Tagovailoa's injury, QB's status moving forward
While No. 1 Alabama managed to overcome a late deficit to capture its latest SEC Championship Game crown, with the 35-28 win over No. 4 Georgia, it may have come at a cost as starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was injured in the game.
Tua did not return to the game after being carried off the field by the Alabama training staff. The QB was then carted off the field moments later. In his absence, Jalen Hurts came off the bench to lead Alabama’s comeback effort over Georgia.
Following the game, Nick Saban offered up the latest injury report for his star quarterback.
“Tua actually sprained his ankle in the first half, actually came back and played,” Saban revealed. “The other injury, he got stepped on, his foot, which I don’t think is significant. So we’re going to evaluate his ankle tomorrow, but I don’t it’s going to be something that would keep him out. Maybe for a little while, but we probably won’t practice for a couple weeks anyway. But we’ll know more about that tomorrow.”
Alabama will now head to the College Football Playoff with a banged-up starting quarterback. While that’s not ideal, the Crimson Tide know they have the nation’s best backup QB ready to come in and make enough plays to win the day if necessary.
After all, Jalen Hurts did win SEC Offensive Player of the Year following the 2016 campaign.