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Tua Tagovailoa injury: Alabama quarterback suffers hip injury

Tagovailoa was airlifted to Birmingham after the game.

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Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered a devastating injury Saturday afternoon.

Tagovailoa was tackled down hard late in the second quarter during Bama’s matchup with the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Tagovailoa instantly was hurt to the point where he had to be carted off the field in Starkville and taken to the back. He was almost promptly diagnosed with a hip injury (as per ESPN’s Molly McGrath, who was the sideline reporter for the game today), and was later airlifted to a medical facility out in Birmingham, Alabama.

Head coach Nick Saban provided an update on Tagovailoa after the Tide’s victory over Mississippi State earlier in the day, describing it as a ‘freak injury’:

There are some (unconfirmed) rumors and some speculation about Tagovailoa’s status out there, suggesting that it’s similar to that of Bo Jackson’s injury back in the 1980’s that later would derail his football career. We can only wish for the best for Tua going forward, and we’ll provide updates as soon as they come across the wire.