Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered an injury to his throwing hand on the first day of spring practice. The injury wasn't supposed to be serious, but there was some doubt about the extent of it.
Early reports indicated it was just a sprain and that he would be back at practice soon. He was back at practice yesterday, albeit in a limited role and reportedly with "a heavy wrap and a glove" on his hand.
Now, a new report quoting Tagovailoa's father claims the rising sophomore actually suffered a broken index finger on his throwing hand and needed surgery that night.
Per KHON2 in Hawaii:
His father, Galu Tagovailoa, told KHON2 Sports Director Rob DeMello that his son suffered a broken index finger to his throwing hand in a "freak accident" Tuesday.
The reigning national championship MVP was injured during the Crimson Tide's first spring practice.
Tagovailoa's hand hit a teammate during a drill and he was taken to the hospital straight from the practice field. He underwent surgery to his left hand that evening, which was successful, his father said.
We're sure that Nick Saban won't be happy one of his players' parents was discussing their son's injury publicly. Like many college coaches, Saban is known for not giving out much info on player injuries.
However, the good news here is the injury still doesn't appear serious, and Tagovailoa's father said his son is expected back before the team's spring game on April 21.
"We want to thank all our pastors, families, and friends in both Alabama and Hawaii for all the prayers and well wishes. We love you all," said Galu Tagovailoa
Tua is in competition with incumbent starter Jalen Hurts for the Crimson Tide's starting signal caller role. Hurts ran the show all of last season until Tagovailoa replaced him in the second half of the national championship game against Georgia.