Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will miss the rest of the season after sustaining a dislocated hip during the Crimson Tide’s 38–7 win over Mississippi State on Saturday, according to The Athletic’s Aaron Suttles.
Suttles reports that Tagovailoa has a dislocated hip with a posterior wall fracture. The injury came with 3:01 remaining in the second quarter when Tagovailoa was tackled from behind by two defenders. He landed face down on the turf as his helmet came off. The signal-caller was clearly in pain as he rolled over and trainers came to assist him.
Tagovailoa could not put any weight on his right side as trainers helped him off the turf. His nose started bleeding while he discussed his injury with the medical team, and he was removed from the game on a medical cart a few minutes later.
Coach Nick Saban said on the broadcast at halftime that he had considered putting backup quarterback Mac Jones in before the series. However, he wanted to keep Tagovailoa in before the half to get practice with the two-minute drill.
Tagovailoa was later taken by helicopter to St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Birmingham, Ala.
With Tagovailoa reportedly out for the season, Alabama’s College Football Playoff streak is in jeopardy for the first time since its inaugural season in 2014. The Tide (9–1) suffered its first loss of the season last week to rival LSU and plays Western Carolina before heading to Auburn.
Tagovailoa, a junior, was considered the top Heisman Trophy candidate for most of last year before suffering an ankle injury late in the year. This season, he tallied 2,840 yards with 33 touchdowns and three interceptions.