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Report: Injured Alabama Star QB Tua Tagovailoa To Return To Practice

Tua Tagovailoa of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers.

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 25: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

It looks like Alabama's quarterback competition will be back on sooner rather than later.

According to Al.com, Tua Tagovailoa suffered a minor injury to his throwing hand, but it's not believed to be serious.

He is expected to be back in the mix in a limited role sometime in the near future.

The hand injury Tua Tagovailoa suffered Tuesday is believed to just be a sprain and he should be able to return to practice in at least a limited capacity at some point soon, sources told AL.com.

The sophomore suffered the injury when his hand hit off an offensive lineman while he made a pass during the Crimson Tide's first spring practice on Tuesday.

The news is a positive development given that when Nick Saban addressed the situation Tuesday evening, the head coach was reluctant to give any sort of timetable for Tagovailoa's return.

From ESPN:

Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa hurt his thumb in practice and will be taken to Birmingham to be evaluated. “Probably going to require some time for him to get back. I’m not going to speculate on what the injury might be,” Nick Saban said.

Saban also said that prior to the setback Tagovailoa and two-year starter Jalen Hurts had been splitting first-team reps.

Per Al.com:

"We're giving both guys an opportunity to see how they compete and how they do. We don't have any decisions, aren't speculating on any decisions. Just going to be fair and honest on how we give each player a chance to compete."

If Tagovailoa wants to compete to win the starting job over Hurts, he'll need to be 100 percent healthy.

Alabama opens the 2018 season against Louisville on Sept. 1 in Orlando.