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Nick Saban Addresses Tua Tagovailoa's Status For LSU Game

A closeup of Tua Tagovailoa crouching on the football field.

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 29: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warming up prior to the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

No. 2 Alabama is gearing up for college football's biggest game of the year against top-ranked LSU. Both teams have a bye this Saturday, allowing extra preparation for the highly anticipated contest on Nov. 9.

Tua Tagovailoa's health remains the biggest concern for the Crimson Tide. Tua suffered a high ankle sprain against Tennessee. He has since had surgery and is undergoing rehab.

Tua missed last Saturday's contest against Arkansas as a result, with Mac Jones starting in his place.

The Tide hope to have their elite quarterback available against LSU. Nick Saban spoke to the media on Monday to address Tua's status.

"I think Wednesday will probably be the first day he's back out on the field ... We're not making any predictions," Saban said on Monday.

It sounds like Tua's return is set to take place on Wednesday. But that doesn't ensure the Alabama quarterback will play vs. LSU. Saban noted the team will have to evaluate the quarterback's performance in practice before making a judgement call regarding his availability against the Tigers.

You can watch Saban's full comments regarding Tua below.

Saban and the Crimson Tide have confidence in backup QB Mac Jones if Tua is unavailable. Jones completed 18-of-22 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns against Arkansas last Saturday. But LSU will be a much tougher test.

Given Tua's past experience in big games, he's much better equipped for LSU. For now, the Alabama QB's status remains questionable.