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Nick Saban Releases Statement On QB Tua Tagovailoa

Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates with Tua Tagovailoa #13 after beating the Georgia Bulldogs.

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 08: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates with Tua Tagovailoa #13 after beating the Georgia Bulldogs in overtime to win the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Alabama won 26-23. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Alabama's win over Tennessee this weekend was bittersweet as star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa left with an injury. Things may get a lot worse for the Crimson Tide after Nick Saban's latest update.

In a statement from Saban, the Alabama head coach revealed that Tagovailoa suffered a high ankle sprain. He went under the knife for a "tight-rope procedure" on the injured ankle.

Saban noted that Tagovailoa suffered a similar injury last season, but on his opposite ankle.

As a result, Saban confirmed that Tagovailoa will indeed miss their Week 9 tilt against Arkansas.

Tagovailoa's absence will be the first game he won't play in since the 2018 Sugar Bowl against Clemson, when he was the backup to Jalen Hurts.

Redshirt sophomore Mac Jones finished the game for Tagovailoa after the injury. His final stat line was 6-of-11 for 72 yards.

Jones has yet to start a game for the Crimson Tide in his three years in Tuscaloosa. He'll presumably get at least one start before Alabama's Week 10 bye.

After that, Jones may very well be forced into the game of his career against LSU.

Saban may really wish he still had Jalen Hurts on the team...

As for Tagovailoa, the injury could very well end his Heisman Trophy campaign and may even damage his NFL draft stock. The sooner he recovers, the better it will be for everyone.