Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has been dealing with a hand injury all spring, but it appears the issue is worse than first thought.
On Monday, Tagovailoa posted a photo to his Instagram story of what presumably is his left hand in a cast, and it appears that he’s undergone some sort of procedure.
Take a look:
If you look closely, it appears the Alabama quarterback is sitting in some sort of wheelchair, which would be standard procedure for any patient after a surgery. His caption, “post,” also could mean he’s out of surgery.
Over the weekend, Tide coach Nick Saban said Tagovailoa had suffered a “setback” with his hand but didn’t provide other details.
“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].
Alabama has not had any further comment on his injury.
Saban’s final comment on the injury also could explain why the Tide might have opted for surgery.
“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,” Saban said.
Prior to the injury, Tagovailoa was in a serious quarterback battle with two-year starter Jalen Hurts. Tagovailoa is the presumed favorite after leading the Tide to a comeback win the National Championship Game last season, but Hurts has only two losses in two years and played mistake-free football in 2017.
If Tagovailoa does miss more time this summer with this injury, Alabama will be limited to only two scholarship quarterbacks: Hurts and redshirt freshman Mac Jones.