The Alabama Crimson Tide were well on their way to a bounce-back win against Mississippi State today, following their Week 11 loss to the LSU Tigers, when the worst-case scenario occurred for Nick Saban's team. Starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered a freak hip injury, likely ending his season.
What Happened to Tua Tagovailoa?
While there has been no formal announcement from the Alabama medical staff, the early speculation isn't good. It seems like he suffered a hip dislocation or subluxation, similar to the one that ended Bo Jackson's NFL career.
Even though the full extent of the injury won't be known until or if Tua has surgery, it's safe to say that his 2019 college football season is over.
While Tagovailoa's Heisman odds had already dropped severely, after missing time due to an ankle issue – he was last listed at +4000, according to FanDuel Sportsbook – this hip injury will end all hopes of him winning college football's highest individual honor. LSU's Joe Burrow is seemingly running away with the award, with -700 odds prior to the Tigers' Week 12 win over Ole Miss.
In terms of Alabama's odds to win the College Football Playoff, they will likely fall following this injury (the Crimson Tide's odds were +1000 heading into Week 12). Mack Jones will assume the team's starting QB role, but that doesn't mean they can't still rally their way to a CFP appearance.
Regardless of how all of this turns out, the most we can hope for is that Tua is able to make a quick and full recovery, ultimately making his way to the NFL, whether that be next season or beyond.
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