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Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa assures team he ‘will play’ versus LSU

Brian Pride - Touchdown Alabama Magazine

Tennessee giving Alabama a fight at Bryant-Denny Stadium was difficult enough for some; however, the injury to Tua Tagovailoa in the second quarter gave all fans a scare. 

He appeared to have had his ankle rolled up in Saturday’s 35-13 win over the Volunteers, but it looked much worse upon initial impact. Tagovailoa was able to walk to the locker room and despite not returning to action, he was photographed having a smile on his face with a cigar. 

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Nick Saban told reporters that his quarterback suffered a twisted ankle and would be out for at least one week. He does not know the extent of the injury, but judging off what Terrell Lewis said to the media in player interviews, the issue may not be bad at all for the Heisman leader. 

“What he said in the locker room was I’ll be back for LSU,” Lewis said of Tagovailoa. 

Prior to him leaving the game, he completed 11 of 12 passes for 155 yards with one interception. 

Tagovailoa’s second pick of the season came in a situation where he should have thrown the ball away and played the next play, but he forced a pass into the end zone and Nigel Warrior of the Volunteers collected a turnover. Ever the warrior, the native Hawaiian wants to play against the Tigers on Nov. 9 and show once and for all that he’s the best signal caller in college football. 

Hopefully, it is nothing too serious and Tagovailoa returns against LSU. 

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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