Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa suffers dislocated right hip, out for season

Ross Houston
November 17, 2019

Alabama's run for a College Football Playoff spot will happen without its starting quarterback, as Tua Tagovailoa is out for the season due to a dislocated hip with a posterior wall fracture suffered Saturday.

Fourth-ranked Alabama was leading 35-7 with 3:01 left in the first half when Tagovailoa, who had surgery on a sprained right ankle almost a month ago, was injured. He was replaced by Jones, who went 7 for 11 for 94 yards.

This appeared to be a different injury.

"That was going to be his last series", Saban said as he headed to the locker room. "We were going to do 2-minute before the half with him, just for practice", Saban said.

Tagovailoa had surgery on his ankle after injuring it against Tennessee on October 19. That kept him out of the second half of that game and the entire Arkansas game the next week.

Jonathan Vilma and Mark Sanchez both predict Alabama will drop in the rankings after Tua Tagovailoa's season-ending injury and stiffer competition on the rise.

Tagovailoa suffered the injury toward the end of the first half versus Mississippi State after falling awkwardly while being brought down by two Bulldogs defenders. He later got up with help from the training staff, with his face bloodied. He's eligible to return to Alabama for his senior season, but it's likely he's played his last game at the collegiate level. He's completed 70.9 percent of his passes this year and is averaging 323 passing yards per game in eight starts.

Losing Tagovailoa, a Heisman Trophy hopeful who came off the bench in the 2018 national championship game to lead the Tide to a win, could prove devastating for Alabama.

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