TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama coach Nick Saban said Saturday that sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa missed the team’s second spring scrimmage because of his hand injury.
Tagovailoa injured his left hand on the first day of spring practice and hadn’t missed a workout until Saturday.
“Tua had a little setback [Friday] with his hand,” Saban said. “Doctors are trying to evaluate the best course of action and what we do with him the remainder of the spring. With that said, I can’t really tell you anymore about — he didn’t take any snaps [Saturday]. He didn’t take a lot of snaps [Friday].
“We’re going to try to protect this to make sure that this thing is not going to be an issue for him in the fall.”
Alabama only has two more practices (Tuesday and Thursday) before its A-Day spring game on April 21. Based on Saban’s comments, there’s a strong chance we may not see Tagovailoa in action during the spring game.
At this point, there’d be no reason for Alabama to risk Tagovailoa re-injuring his hand and having it become a lingering issue into the summer.
Tagovailoa and junior Jalen Hurts were expected to battle for Alabama’s starting quarterback spot prior to the injury.
Tagovailoa had been able to practice, but in a limited capacity. Saban said he took 15-20 snaps in the first scrimmage last week.
Tagovailoa came into the game in the second half to help lead an Alabama comeback against Georgia in the National Championship Game. He was named Offensive MVP after completing 14 of 24 passes for 166 yards and 3 touchdowns. He added 27 yards rushing.
With Tagovailoa out or limited, Hurts and Mac Jones are Alabama’s only two scholarship quarterbacks.