After seeing QB Tua Tagovailoa go down with a scary-looking ankle injury in the SEC Championship Game last week, Alabama fans feared the worst. Those fears were elevated when they heard that Tagovailoa would need to undergo a surgical procedure on the injured ankle. But the injury and the procedure to heal it are not nearly as serious as one might think.
Alabama’s Jonah Williams downplayed the seriousness of Tagovailoa’s surgery.
Williams went so far as to refer to it as “a stitch job” and said that many players have had the procedure.
“We call it a stitch job. They throw some wires in there,” Williams said, per Joseph Goodman.
Alabama left tackle Jonah Williams says pretty much everyone at Alabama has had the surgery Tua had on his ankle. "We call it a stitch job. They throw some wires in there."
— Joseph Goodman (@JoeGoodmanJr) December 5, 2018
Alabama trailed Georgia, 28-21, in the fourth quarter when Tagovailoa went down.
However, backup QB Jalen Hurts came in and promptly led Alabama on two touchdown drives to secure a 35-28 victory and retain the No. 1 spot in the College Football Playoff ranking.
The Alabama Crimson Tide are scheduled to play Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29.