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Nick Saban Issues Promising Update On QB Tua Tagovailoa

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in the first half against Tennessee

TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA - OCTOBER 19: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after a rushing touchdown by Brian Robinson Jr. #24 in the first half against the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 19, 2019 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Alabama Crimson Tide are preparing for today's game against Arkansas without injured quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. But as nervous as the ankle injury and quick surgery he went through might make fans, he may not be gone long.

In an interview with ESPN, Saban seemed thrilled at his starting quarterback's recovery, saying that "he's absolutely doing even better than expected." Saban pointed to the limited swelling where the surgery was done and it's making his rehab easier.

Via Saturday Down South:

“He’s absolutely doing even better than expected,” Saban told ESPN’s Tom Luginbill during an interview that aired on SEC Nation. “Didn’t have a lot of swelling this time around, so that sort of extenuates the ability to rehab. And he’s doing well.”

But Saban stopped short of giving a projection for when Tagovailoa will return.

Tagovailoa has played at a Heisman Trophy-caliber level this season while leading the Crimson Tide to a 7-0 start.

Alabama plays arguably their biggest game of the regular season on Nov. 9 when they invite the LSU Tigers to Tuscaloosa.

In the interim, backup Mac Jones will start for the Crimson Tide in today's game against the Razorbacks. How he performs today will determine whether the team feels confident against the Tigers.