Tua Tagovailoa, the Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback, is down again this season with another injury and this time it’s bad. The season of 2019 has not been too kind to Tagovailoa, he’s gone down multiple times with a bad ankle injury and missed plenty of games.
This time, Tua Tagovailoa and Alabama were playing Mississippi State University. The Crimson Tide were blowing out Mississippi and during the fourth quarter on what looked like to be the last play for Tagovailoa. The star quarterback escapes from the pocket and as he’s about to throw the ball away, two defensive players from Mississippi hit and fall on him. At first, it seemed like a normal football play but when the 2018 Heisman Trophy runner-up couldn’t get up and stayed on his hands and knees in clear pain, everyone watching knew something was wrong. It was later disclosed that the quarterback had suffered a posterior wall fracture and the same injury that ended football legend Bo Jackson’s career, a dislocated hip.
Before the potential first overall pick in the next draft got hurt, Tagovailoa had thrown for two touchdowns, 256 yards and completed 14 of 18 passes. Tua Tagovailoa has carted off the field and couldn’t watch from the sideline as his team beat their opponents 38-7.
With the amount of injuries, it is a good bet to say that Tagovailoa will, again, be denied the chance to hold the prestigious Heisman Trophy. The quarterback will also watch the rest of the Crimson Tide’s games from the stands as he won’t be able to resume throwing the football until the springtime. Also with this latest injury, sadly Tagovailoa probably won’t be able to hear his name called first on draft night.
Tagovailoa underwent surgery this past Monday and everything went well. Alabama’s team orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Lyle Cain released this statement through the university Monday morning saying “Tua underwent successful surgery on his right hip Monday morning in Houston. The procedure went as planned, and he is resting comfortably. Tua’s prognosis is excellent, and we expect him to make a full recovery. He will return to Tuscaloosa in the next several days to begin his rehab.”
Tagovailoa’s injury will undoubtedly hurt Alabama’s hopes of winning National College Football Championship this year. It was weird that in the first rankings after the injury that Alabama was still ranked fifth, but that is something that will also drop due to their star quarterbacks absence.