Tua Tagovailoa injured again

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Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was injured heading into today’s game against Mississippi State, with his high ankle sprain bothering him seriously enough that there was some talk he might not play. As it turned out he did start the game, but didn’t finish.

In the second quarter, Tagovailoa was smothered by two Mississippi State defenders as he passed, and in the process he appeared both to injure his hip and to sustain a bloody nose. Tagovailoa was carted off the field, and ESPN reported that he was “screaming in pain.”

Tagovailoa was playing an outstanding game before he got hurt, completing 14 of 18 passes for 256 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions, and Alabama had a 35-7 lead.

The injury will undoubtedly raise questions about why Alabama coach Nick Saban had him in the game. Alabama surely didn’t need Tagovailoa to beat Mississippi State.

“He hurt his hip,” Saban told ESPN at halftime. “I don’t know anything else more than that. . . . I don’t worry about players getting hurt, but I certainly don’t want to see anybody get hurt, especially him.”

And the next question will be whether Tagovailoa will or should play another college football game. He’s a potential first overall pick in the NFL draft, and a serious injury could cost him tens of millions of dollars. Even with Alabama hoping for a national championship, it would be hard to blame Tagovailoa if he decided to call it quits on the season and focus on the 2020 draft.

49 responses to “Tua Tagovailoa injured again

  1. This is on you Nick, no one else. Sorry but for all your football greatness this was a no brainer that he should be not be playing or take him out after the 3 touchdown lead. You should have known better and now you might not even have him playing in a ‘bama uniform again.

  2. This year is reminding me of the Teddy Bridgewater draft. Before the season he was the clear-cut number one quarterback. by the time the draft rolled around Blake bortles and Johnny manziel were both selected before he was.
    The same thing is happening to Justin Herbert. Everyone has fallen in love with the quarterbacks from Alabama and LSU despite Herbert putting together multiple seasons of top quarterback play. Burrow and Tua are definitely intriguing, but I think the safest bet would be Herbert.

  3. nagyisterrible says:
    November 16, 2019 at 1:42 pm
    Ok he’s done for the season. Bama is playing for nothing at this point. The only way they get into the playoff is on reputation.
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    Bama is ranked #4 after losing by very little to #1. As of today, they’re in the playoffs! So yes, they ARE playing for something.

  4. Kid needs to sit, Saban has that reputation of running his players in the ground. Perfect example. He needs to get healthy or his stock will drop like the Titanic.

  5. Saban couldn’t care less about the players. They are cogs for him. But Saban is not unique in that regard. The whole NCAA structure is designed to generate billions of dollars in revenue off the backs of free labor — typically impoverished kids who don’t have the standing or resources to challenge the system.

  6. Leave it to Saban he’s your typical coach he’s worried about his own glory, legacy, and ego, and he could care less about some kids future it’s all about him and his own resume…That’s it plain and simple Tua is just a cog in the wheel simple as that

  7. Don’t think he’ll be able to take the beating NFL players dish out on a regular basis.
    If Miss. State can take him down…

  8. Coaches are to blame…..During the halftime interview Saban mentioned something about Tua getting more practice. Why?

  9. As much as I don’t like Alabama, this one isn’t on Saban. Saban wanted him to come out, but Tua pleaded with Nick to let him go back in. You have to respect his competitive attitude and we’ve seen many coaches let players go back out. Additionally, it was 35-7 with about 4 minutes left in the 2nd quarter. Sure, MSU isn’t a powerhouse, but to pull your starting QB in the 1st half (and up by 28) is a little early.

  10. Stupid comment. You play the game to win- every week! Up 21 in first half does not guarantee victory. You play to win. And Tua needs to think about the team and play if he can. The contract will take care of itself later. And I find it hilarious to question Saban for ANY decision after what he has accomplished in College Football. He would be welcomed to coach at EVERY college program in the country. Nick’s response to anyone questioning his football decisions is to just hold up the handful of championship rings.

  11. silverwolf1898 says:
    November 16, 2019 at 1:49 pm
    With all these injuries, are we sure this guy isn’t another secret Bosa brother?

    or Watt brother?

  12. jstew0103 says:
    November 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm
    The next RGIII. And he’ll likely Go to a team that has a bad oline so he’ll continue to get hurt.
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    I don’t know if any player’s career has ever been more reviled in hindsight. When Griffin entered the league he *wasn’t* just a runner, as some people choose to remember him. He was smart, he could go through his progressions, look off DB’s and move around in the pocket. After a moronic coaching decision destroyed his knee and a moronic marketing decision forced him back too son, he just wasn’t the same player.

    He was like a skittish racehorse, he looked shook and confused: he lost the ability to progress through hi receivers and move strategically in the pocket. By the time his career with the Redskins was over, all he could do was sprint away from the blitz and throw the ball in the dirt.
    And *that’s* the guy people remember.

    If Tua can play at Griffin’s rookie level throughout his career, he could probably be a hall of famer. Let’s just hope whoever drafts him studies Griffin’s career carefully.

  13. Remember last year when people heavily criticized Nick Bosa for sitting out the rest of the season with a “core” injury? Well, this is the flip side of that debate.

  14. He’s only the potential #1 if a team like the Jets has the pick. Any smart team knows he’s the third best qb prospect and probably 4th or 5th best prospect overall when injury history is factored in.

  15. Why even play him in this game. He should have let him rest. If they can’t beat Mississippi State without Tua in the game they don’t deserve to be in the playoff.

  16. dualprime says:
    Bama is ranked #4 after losing by very little to #1. As of today, they’re in the playoffs! So yes, they ARE playing for something.
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    You’re mistaken. Alabama is No. 4 in the AP poll, but it’s No. 5 in the only ranking that counts: The playoff rankings. As of today the Tide are not in the playoff.
    Alabama cannot win its division, let alone its conference. To date it has played only one team currently in the Top 25, at home, and lost in a game that was nowhere near as close as the final score might indicate.
    At least two teams right behind Alabama have the same record with better wins against higher-ranked opponents.
    Alabama is currently playing for something, and that’s an outside shot at the playoffs. But unless all the teams ahead of and just below it suffer shocking losses, Alabama does not belong in the field. If it gets there anyway it will be on name and reputation only.

  17. I am not a Bama fan in tne least. But I have to recognize that Tua is a great kid, who works hard, loves to compete, and never let the clippings go to his head. If anyone deserves a complete and full recovery — it is Tua. Godspeed young man. Sincerely Auburn Nation.

  18. Watch Tua drop like a stone in the draft and some team like Pitt. or N.E. will have him fall into their lap.

  19. cogs for him. But Saban is not unique in that regard. The whole NCAA structure is designed to generate billions of dollars in revenue off the backs of free labor — typically impoverished kids who don’t have the standing or resources to challenge the system.

    You mean like that 100k education that is given to them in lieu of playing football .im not against some compensation for them but let’s stop acting like the fact they go to school and walk away with no dent from the school is free.

    Here’s an idea. Give them the option. Hey paid or free education. Give them 35k per year but when they leave school, in 6 months the “loans” need to be paid back. Or they can get nothing like now but graduate debt free. At 43 years old, I can tell you… plan b is much better

  20. Injury proneness is a thing.

    The kid can sling the ball, but if he can’t take college hits without being hurt, there’s no way he survives an NFL career.

  21. The injury will undoubtedly raise questions about why Alabama coach Nick Saban had him in the game. Alabama surely didn’t need Tagovailoa to beat Mississippi State.
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    They likely didn’t need him to win, but if ALabama what’s a shot at the CFP, they need to torch every opponent.

    Is every team supposed to sit their stars in the first half to avoid an injury????

  22. Anybody tanking to take this guy high in a draft deserves whatever they have coming. He hasn’t been able to make it through a 12 game college regular season, is small, and hasn’t played well against the best teams since his debut in the first national championship game he appeared in the relief role. Just a bust waiting to happen.

  23. Tua should take a leaf out of Nick Bosa’s book and shut it down for the rest of the year with the sincere hope he’ll be ready to go for the draft. It wouldn’t help his cause to play another game for the Crimson Tide.

  24. I hope the Bengals don’t take him. I have a feeling it would be like another Ki-jana Carter. I would rather have a little less talented QB that can play all the time than a more talented one that is always hurt.

  25. This is on Alabama’s coaching staff. The chances of re-aggravating a high ankle sprain is high if it isn’t fully healed. They forced him back too soon. That’s the problem with the CFB playoff system. Teams take unnecessary risks with the players just to inflate their own pockets.

  26. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    November 16, 2019 at 2:41 pm
    The injury will undoubtedly raise questions about why Alabama coach Nick Saban had him in the game. Alabama surely didn’t need Tagovailoa to beat Mississippi State.
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    They likely didn’t need him to win, but if ALabama what’s a shot at the CFP, they need to torch every opponent.

    Is every team supposed to sit their stars in the first half to avoid an injury????
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    Its not about sitting their stars in the first half. Tua already had an ankle injury and all week Saban was saying he is a game time decision. If he was completely healthy then it is a different story.

    If Mac Jones had practiced all week and got the starter’s share of the reps, they would have beaten Mississippi State 48-7 and gotten their blowout win. Just like they did when Jones started against Arkansas. Saban dropped the ball here.

  27. I hope it’s not as severe an injury as Bo Jackson’s, which he never really recovered from. It would be a shame to see him robbed him of his NFL career before it started.

  28. He isn’t pro talent anyway – Glorified backup and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with getting paid to be ready to play

  29. harryhodag says:
    November 17, 2019 at 7:43 am
    Sad that ego(Saban) got in the way of what’s best for the athlete.
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    Please tell us the NFL, major college, or nationally ranked high school coaches whose major concern is what is “best” for the athlete. Most athletes at that level do not worry about what is “best” for themselves, why should the coaches worry about it?

  30. jurgyisgod says:
    November 16, 2019 at 1:55 pm
    Saban couldn’t care less about the players. They are cogs for him. But Saban is not unique in that regard. The whole NCAA structure is designed to generate billions of dollars in revenue off the backs of free labor — typically impoverished kids who don’t have the standing or resources to challenge the system.
    ++++++++++++++++++
    Impoverished kids. Why should they challenge the system? The SYSTEM is providing them with a free education. Use the system to get an education, or at least a degree. 95% or more of these “impoverished kids” would benefit far more from graduating from college than focusing on the NFL. And they are getting that opportunity in exchange for playing a game. If Saban and other coaches cared about the players, they would be ensuring that their players attend classes, learn enough to graduate, and go on with their lives.

    And, just to be accurate, most students who get athletic scholarships at major or mid-major universities are far from being “impoverished.” Do some research.

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