The Alabama football program will be without quarterback Tua Tagovailoa for the foreseeable future. On Wednesday, Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban confirmed that the standout quarterback will miss the remainder of the spring due to a lingering hand injury.
Tagovailoa’s father previously said his son broke a bone in his throwing hand, and the signal-caller has shared a photo of his left hand in a cast following a reported setback in his recovery.
Now, in an interview with AL.com, Saban has provided an update.
“I’ve already said what his status is,” Saban said. “I said he was out the other day. He reinjured his hand and we were going to hold him out the rest of the spring. So that hasn’t changed.”
Tagovailoa began his career in Tuscaloosa as a highly-touted recruit, but he saw little action during the regular season. That all changed in the second half of the College Football National Championship Game, when Nick Saban made the call to start the true freshman over Jalen Hurts. Tagovailoa went on to lead the Crimson Tide to a comeback victory in the game, throwing for 166 yards, three touchdowns and just one interception.
Tagovailoa will be battling Hurts for the starting job leading up to the 2018 season opener against Louisville.