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Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa Gives Update On Hand Injury

Tua Tagovailoa of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts to throwing a seven yard touchdown pass during the fourth quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs.

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 08: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts to throwing a seven yard touchdown pass during the fourth quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Tua Tagovailoa injury update: the Alabama quarterback is on the road to recovery. Tagovailoa suffered a hand injury early during spring football. He eventually returned to practice, but a setback kept him out of the Alabama spring game.

Tagovailoa is embroiled in a quarterback battle with incumbent starter Jalen Hurts. The Hawaiian freshman famously came in for Hurts at halftime of the national championship game against Georgia. Despite not having a ton of playing time under his belt, he led Alabama back against UGA's elite defense, capturing the national title.

Now, Tagovailoa is considered the favorite to win the starting job. However, Hurts cannot be totally discounted, as he is one of the winningest quarterbacks in college football through two years as a starter.

On Thursday, while visiting his native Hawaii for a parade in his honor, Tagovailoa revealed that he might have left Alabama if not for the title game decision. That understandably made a number of big headlines.

Hawaii News Now also asked for a Tua Tagovailoa injury update.

During an interview with the station, he said that he found a local trainer in Honolulu with whom he continues his rehab. From Hawaii News Now:

“It’s doing good. We got the opportunity to find someone down here (in Honolulu), and we’re doing rehab with him. So far we’re good, we’re on track. I just can’t wait to get the ball rolling. Once I start throwing again, I feel we should be fine.”

Because of the Tua Tagovailoa injury, Hurts took most of the snaps during the spring. Nick Saban wasn't exactly thrilled with his QB1 during the game itself.

However, until Tagovailoa is back, the competition continues. That means it seems unlikely, at this point, that Hurts will transfer ahead of the season.

Saban hasn't ruled out the possibility of heading into the season without naming a starter. That was the case in 2016, when Blake Barnett and Hurts battled for the job. Barnett started the first game of the year against USC, but Hurts replaced him. Weeks later, Barnett transferred to Arizona State. He has since moved on to USF.

[Hawaii News Now]