Tua Tagovailoa, a top prospect for the 2020 NFL Draft, suffered a season-ending hip injury during Alabama’s game at Mississippi State.
Tagovailoa injured his right hip and was carted off the field late in the second quarter. ESPN later reported that Tagovailoa suffered a dislocated hip and a posterior wall fracture.
ESPN sideline reporter Molly McGrath claimed Tagovailoa was “screaming in pain” as he was carted off.
Breaking: Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa is not expected to play again this season after suffering a dislocated right hip on Saturday, first reported by The Athletic, confirmed by ESPN.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 16, 2019
Medical officials are continuing to evaluate if his injury also included a fracture, sources said. pic.twitter.com/g4WJgcZ0Bj
“It’s a hip injury and probably something that could be pretty serious,” said Alabama head coach Nick Saban after the game.
Saban said that drive was going to be Tagovailoa’s last for the game. He wanted to give his quarterback practice with the two-minute drill.
Tagovailoa looked good before in the injury, racking up 256 yards and two touchdowns on 14 of 18 passing. Lingering questions about his ankle injury seemed to have been answered.
Questions about Tagovailoa’s draft stock are now a major part of the narrative surrounding the talented quarterback, especially in the wake of his October 20th ankle surgery.
Senior Bowl director Jim Nagy took to Twitter with concern after the game.
Hearing Tua Tagovailoa’s hip injury is serious. Hip fracture. Similar to Bo Jackson’s career-ending injury. Surgery tonight or tomorrow morning. Praying for Tua and his family. 🙏— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) November 16, 2019
If Tagovailoa’s injury is anything like Bo Jackson’s, his draft stock is likely to plummet.
It’s far too early to determine the extent of this injury’s effect on not only Tagovailoa’s draft stock but also his career. With a number of other first-round caliber quarterbacks in the draft, though, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Tagovailoa drops precipitously.
The 21-year-old junior has led Alabama to a 22-2 record as a starter. He also helped guide a comeback in the College Football Playoff off the bench as a true freshman in 2018.
Tagovailoa does have one year of eligibility remaining, so it is possible that he could forego the NFL Draft and return to Alabama for his senior year.