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Tua Tagovailoa’s ankle injury ‘not as serious’ as last year, per Alabama’s Nick Saban

Brian Pride - Touchdown Alabama Magazine

More good news for Alabama fans to cheer about. 

Not only is Tua Tagovailoa ahead of schedule, in terms of getting back to play versus LSU, but Nick Saban revealed more on the situation via the Golic and Wingo show on ESPN. 

According to the Crimson Tide’s head football coach, the ankle injury suffered by the junior quarterback against Tennessee is ‘not as serious’ as the one from last season. Despite him stating how tricky ankle sprains can be, Saban said the injury did not happen to his plant foot to throw. 

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“So hopefully, in a couple of weeks, we’ll be able to have him back on the field,” Saban said of Tagovailoa.

“Now, how capable he’ll be and how close to 100 percent he can get just kind of remains to be seen.” 

In reflecting back to the mishap with his left ankle, Tagovailoa was back in action after 12 days. 

He was spotted in a walking boot on Wednesday, and should begin his rehab — prior to the end of this week.

Mac Jones, a redshirt sophomore, will start in his place on Saturday against Arkansas for Alabama’s homecoming game at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

It will Jones’ first career start, as Tagovailoa gets himself prepared for the showdown against Joe Burrow and the Tigers on Nov. 9.

He will look to reclaim the No. 1 spot in this year’s Heisman Trophy race.

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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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