UPDATE: Tua Tagovailoa suffered a dislocated hip with a posterior wall fracture and is out for the season, per beat writer Aaron Suttles.
The Alabama Crimson Tide suffered a huge blow in Week 12 against the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered a hip injury in the second quarter and had to be carted off the field. He was reportedly “screaming in agony” and was taken for immediate x-rays, per ESPN’s Molly McGrath.
Tagovailoa was subsequently flown to the hospital via helicopter for further examination. Head coach Nick Saban confirmed the quarterback would be getting a cat scan and MRI, saying it was probably a serious issue, per Pro Football Talk.
At the time of the injury, Tagovailoa was 14 of 18 for 256 yards and two touchdowns. Mac Jones replaced him and completed 7 of 11 passes for 94 yards. He will remain the starting quarterback however long Tagovailoa is out. Alabam faces Western Carolina next week and No. 12 Auburn the following week in the Iron Bowl.
Tagovailoa was playing on an injured ankle, but had returned fairly quickly after a surgical procedure. Given Saban’s comments, this seems to be a little more serious. As PFT noted, the potential No. 1 pick might decide it’s best to call it a career in college and wait for the 2020 NFL Draft before returning to action.
One orthopedic surgeon offered this take after reviewing the film. This would explain the urgency that comes with using a helicopter to get him to the hospital.
Tua Tagovailoa injury video reviewed. Mechanism consistent with posterior hip subluxation. Leads to labral tear. Surgery probable. Season likely over.— Dr. Mark Adickes (@jocktodoc) November 16, 2019
Tua Tagovailoa injury similar to Bo Jackson injury. Hip subluxation/dislocation puts femoral head at risk of loosing blood supply and dying. Need to get hip back in place gently ASAP and remove pressure from joint.— Dr. Mark Adickes (@jocktodoc) November 16, 2019
Here is some video of the play in which Tua Tagovailoa was injured.