Despite being just a few weeks removed from ankle surgery, Tua Tagovailoa had a standout performance against LSU this past weekend. However, the dual-threat quarterback is still dealing with general soreness from his injury.
Tagovailoa had tightrope surgery on his ankle for the second-straight year. This time, it wasn’t on his plant foot, which makes his recovery a little easier.
Earlier this week, Saban revealed that Tagovailoa isn’t at 100 percent. It’s not too surprising since he just went to war against LSU.
With another SEC showdown set for this weekend, Alabama is hopeful to have Tagovailoa for its matchup against Mississippi State.
There might be a few fans wondering why Saban doesn’t rest Tagovailoa this weekend, but the reality is that Alabama needs very convincing wins to keep its hopes of making the College Football Playoff alive.
Fortunately for the Crimson Tide, it appears Tagovailoa is trending upward for this Saturday.
“Tua made a lot of progress today,” Saban said. “First time a lot of the soreness has gone. Still didn’t do a lot in practice.”
Nick Saban: "Tua made a lot of progress today. First time a lot of the soreness has gone. … Still didn't do a lot in practice."
— Charlie Potter (@Charlie_Potter) November 13, 2019
Alabama could utilize Tagovailoa early against Mississippi State, and then replace him with Mac Jones if they get a large lead.
Saban should have another update on his star quarterback as the week progresses, but as of right now, there shouldn’t be any concerns about Tagovailoa being out this Saturday.