Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa faces ankle surgery

The Tide QB exited the SEC Championship against Georgia during the fourth quarter.

Posted: Dec. 3, 2018 12:03 AM
Updated: Dec. 3, 2018 4:43 PM

Alabama football's sophomore quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, came out of Saturday's SEC Championship game against Georgia in the fourth quarter. The starting QB's ankle was stepped on by an Alabama offensive lineman. 

Head coach, Nick Saban, told reporters during the post-game press conference that Tua actually sprained his ankle in the first half, but continued to play on it. 

"So we're going to evaluate his ankle tomorrow, but I don't think it's going to be something that would keep him out," Saban said during the SEC Championship press conference. 

During the College Football Playoff Selection Show this afternoon, Saban told ESPN Tua had an MRI this morning that found a high ankle sprain. Tua will undergo surgery on that right ankle where they stick a scope in to see if there is anything majorly wrong it.

Saban said that the star QB will probably be out for two weeks, so he could return to practice by December 16.

"We probably won't practice for a couple weeks anyway," Saban said.

So, this is good news for Tide fans that the QB and front-runner for the Heisman Trophy should be back by playoffs. Let's not forget though that Saturday junior, Jalen Hurts, who Tua replaced in last year's championship game against Georgia, came into the game, helped take the lead and then secured the SEC title. 

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