Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa injured in Tide's first spring practice

The former 5-star recruit turned national championship legend will have his left thumb evaluated this week in Birmingham.


Kahron Spearman

The ballyhooed-quarterback battle between two-year starter Jalen Hurts and national championship game star Tua Tagovailoa is on hiatus.

Crimson Tide opened spring practice Tuesday with the fight for the position at the forefront, but the strongarmed Hawaiian injured his left thumb. Additional evaluation of the injury - to his throwing hand - will be completed in Birmingham.

Head coach Nick Saban wasn't in the mood to encourage the speculation, during the press conference after practice.

Probably going to require some time for him to get back. I'm not going to speculate on what the injury might be.

Nick Saban
Head coach, Alabama

"I think in a few days Tua probably will be able to do some things, but when you hurt your thumb on your throwing hand, it's kind of hard to grip the ball. So I think that's going to be the issue, whether he is able to throw it," Saban later said.

Hurts, who could benefit from his competitor's injury, passed for 2,081 yards, 17 touchdowns, and one pick in 2017. He also ran for 855 yards and eight touchdowns. 

Tagovailoa, once a five-star recruit, came in for the second half of the national championship game against Georgia and pulled the Tide out of a 13-0 deficit. He tossed a 41-yard touchdown pass to DeVonta Smith in overtime to win the game.