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Nick Saban Provides In-Depth Update On QB Tua Tagovailoa

Tua Tagovailoa points directions to a teammate.

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 08: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs the offense against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

When Tua Tagovailoa went down with an ankle injury last Saturday, almost every fan in Bryant-Denny Stadium feared the worst. Fortunately for Alabama, it sounds like Nick Saban is confident that his quarterback will return in the near future.

Alabama is starting Mac Jones at quarterback this weekend against Arkansas.

Jones has three years of experience with the Crimson Tide. He should do just fine this Saturday against the Razorbacks, especially since he'll have three star wideouts at his disposal.

Following this weekend's matchup with Arkansas, Alabama has a week off to prepare for LSU. The hope is that Tagovailoa will be ready for that game.

Saban was on ESPN's Golic and Wingo to give an update on Tagovailoa's health.

According to Saban, Tagovailoa's injury isn't as bad as it was last year because it's not on his plant foot.

Here's what Saban had to say, via BamaOnline:

“These things are hard to predict but we want him to be three or four days non-weight bearing,” Saban said during an appearance on Golic and Wingo. “He can sort of go as tolerated relative to his rehab. He was back on the field in 12 days before the last one. This one doesn’t seem to be quite as serious as the last one and it’s not his plant foot to throw. Hopefully in a couple of weeks, we’ll be able to have him back on the field. How capable he’ll be and how close to 100 percent he can get remains to be seen.”

It'd be great for college football if Tagovailoa can return in time for the Alabama-LSU showdown.

The Crimson Tide are going to need Tagovailoa later this year if they want to reach their goal of winning the national championship.