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Tua Tagovailoa Said His Ankle Is "80-85 Percent" Right Now

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)

We are three days away from the College Football Playoff semifinals, with all Alabama fans continuing to keep an eye on the injury status of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

Tagovailoa suffered a high ankle sprain in the win over Georgia in the SEC Championship game but has made some encouraging progress. On Christmas Eve, he told reporters he is a "full send" for the game.

This morning, Tagovailoa said his ankle is at about "80-85 percent." That's not bad, but it does leave a little room for concern.

If he isn't 100 percent, it is fair to wonder if his effectiveness actually will be limited, or if he'll aggravate the injury during the game.

If Tagovailoa has to come out of Saturday's game, it will be Jalen Hurts' time to step in again. Hurts proved he is more than capable with his performance in the SEC title game.

However, as we've seen all season, Alabama's offense functions best when Tagovailoa is leading it. They have to hope he is able to be productive against the Sooners.

Alabama and Oklahoma will kick off Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.