TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football is already dealing with injuries just one day into spring practice as Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban announced that quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered an injury on Tuesday.
“Tua hurt his thumb today in practice,” Saban said. “We’re taking him to Birmingham to get him evaluated. It’s probably going to require some time for him to get back. I don’t want to speculate on what the injury might be, but most of the time when these type things happen, it takes a little while for them to come back.”
Tagovailoa came in during the second half to help lead Alabama back against Georgia for a national championship victory. Hurts was a big part of Alabama getting to the national championship. He was named Offensive MVP after going 14-of-24 for 166 yards, three scores through the air and 27 yards on the ground, all in the second half.
“I think in a few days, Tua will probably be able to do some things,” Saban said. “But when you hurt your thumb on your throwing hand, it’s kind of hard to grip the ball. I think that’s going to be the issue — whether he’s able to throw it.
Tagovailoa and rising junior Jalen Hurts were expected to compete for the starting job, but it’s unclear how this injury will change that going forward. Saban isn’t ready to say either player has an edge over the other.
“He and Jalen were splitting reps,” Saban said. “We’re giving both guys an opportunity to see how they compete and how they do. We don’t have any decisions. We’re not speculating on any decisions. We’re just going to be fair and honest in terms of how we give both players a chance to compete.”
Alabama’s A-Day spring game is scheduled for April 21 on ESPN.
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