Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had surgery on Sunday morning to help repair a high-ankle sprain that he suffered during the Crimson Tide’s 35-13 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers. While recovering, he is expected to miss the team’s next game against Arkansas.
After starting the game 12 of 13 passing, Tua was injured while scrambling to evade pressure in the pocket during the second quarter. Vols defensive lineman Greg Emerson dove at the reigning-SEC Offensive Player of the Year. After being tripped up from behind, the quarterback exited the field to the Alabama medical tent before leaving the sidelines and heading to the locker room for further examination.
‘Bama is hoping the Heisman Trophy candidate will be able to rehab in time for their Nov. 9th contest in Tuscaloosa, when they will host the second ranked LSU Tigers.
According to ESPN, head coach Nick Saban said, “Our physicians performed a successful tight-rope procedure on his right ankle this morning. This is the same injury, but the opposite ankle that Tua injured last season. Tua will miss next week’s game against Arkansas, but we expect a full and speedy recovery.”
Tagovailoa is a Heisman Trophy front-runner this season, as he has managed to pass for 2,166 yards while throwing for 27 touchdowns compared to only two interceptions. The Hawaiian’s extremely-efficient play has led the Crimson Tide (7-0) to an undefeated record, as well as garnering himself a FBS leading 95.6 QBR.
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