Tua Tagovailoa expected to be healthy, throwing by April

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NFL teams in need of a quarterback have questions about Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa. Tagovailoa was expected to be a high first-round choice until he injured his hip in a Nov. 16 game against Mississippi State.

But Tagovailoa’s agent, Leigh Steinberg, offered good news Tuesday.

Steinberg told Mike Rodak of al.com that Tagovailoa is expected to be healthy by April, in time for a throwing session in front of NFL scouts before the draft. Steinberg said the anticipation is a 40-minute session with Tagovaiola making 60-80 throws.

Tagovaiola needed immediate surgery after dislocating his hip and fracturing the posterior wall. Steinberg said doctors are “quite sure” Tagovaiola will make a full recovery.

“Teams are very used to dealing with the fact that players are hurt and they’ll come along,” Steinberg said. “The draft is a projection as to what a player will be over the next 10-12 years. It’s not necessarily a merit badge for great college performance.”

The draft begins April 23 in Las Vegas.

14 responses to “Tua Tagovailoa expected to be healthy, throwing by April

  1. I hope this is true. If so the value of the 3rd and 4th overall picks will increase as some team looks to move ahead of the Dolphins at 5. If Tua is healthy he wont last until 5.

  2. I absolutely love this kid!!! He won’t be there when the saints pick but I would love to have him. He can spin the rock for sure!!!

  3. If Miami, or any other team who would want to grab him better have there own doctors on board with his health. Bill

  4. He’s awesome when healthy but the TYPE of injuries he’s had are not encouraging… high ankle sprain requiring surgery x 2, and a fractured hip. There’s a pattern there and it’s not a good one. Best wishes to the young man, I’ll be rooting for him to stay healthy and thrive in the big league.

  5. That’s something an agent says when he is trying to sell teams on a late first round flier. Tua has a Rodgers-esque fall written all over the lines between his Agent’s words.

  6. Would be a little crazy if he went to the Chargers.

    Mahomes, Lock, Tua could be facing eachother for a long time.

    And I guess Carr…

  7. That’s great to hear. Seems like a good kid. Hopefully he can remain healthy and make himself some money. His game reminds me a lot of Drew Brees.

  8. Yeah, he might throw, but I think the bigger question would be, can he move? This isn’t like Dan Marino with a bad knee, he was a pocket passer anyhow, so even more limited mobility was no big deal. Take away this guys mobility, and you cut his game in half. See RGIII for comparison…

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