News of Tua Tagovailoa’s thumb injury put the entire state of Alabama on alert on Tuesday evening.
Nick Saban revealed that the national title game hero and contender to be the 2018 starting quarterback for the Crimson Tide injured the thumb on his throwing hand during the first day of spring practice for Alabama.
On Wednesday morning, ESPN national college football writer Chris Low provided an update on both the severity of the injury and what the mindset is inside the Alabama athletic facility on the morning after the injury.
“I talked to some people over there,” Low told The RoundTable on WJOX-FM. “I know there was some concern on the swelling, but the latest information that I have is that he is going to be out for part of the spring, but they do expect him to be back before the spring is over. So we’ll see how that goes. He’s getting it checked out today, and sometimes that can be a fluid situation. But I don’t think it’s one of those situations where he’s going to miss — again it could change — but that latest information I have is that he won’t miss the entire spring.”
That information seems to mesh well with the update Saban provided on Tuesday.
“It’s probably going require some time for him to get back,” Saban said, according to SEC Country’s Marq Burnett. “I don’t want to speculate on what the injury might be. Most of the time when these type things happen, it takes a little while for them to come back.”
“I think in a few days, Tua will probably be able to do some things. But when you hurt your thumb on your throwing hand, it’s kind of hard to grip the ball. I think that’s going to be the issue — whether he’s able to throw it.”
It will be interesting to see how this injury impacts the ongoing quarterback competition with Jalen Hurts, who has led the Crimson Tide to back-to-back national title game appearances during his first two seasons as the team’s starting quarterback.