Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was carted off within the second quarter of Saturday’s sport towards Mississippi State with a hip harm.

Tagovailoa was injured with three minutes remaining earlier than halftime when he was introduced down by two Bulldogs defenders whereas rolling to his left on a third-down play. He suffered a bloody nostril and could not put stress on his proper leg when he was helped up by trainers.

Coach Nick Saban informed ESPN’s Molly McGrath that it was going to be Tagovailoa’s ultimate drive of the sport. Saban mentioned Tagovailoa was nonetheless within the sport to observe a two-minute drill.

“That was going to be his final sequence,” Saban mentioned. “We have been going to do two-minute earlier than the half was over only for observe. First, we have got to dam them higher so he would not get sacked. It is too unhealthy.”

McGrath reported that Tagovailoa was present process X-rays. McGrath additionally reported that Tagovailoa was screaming in ache as trainers helped elevate him off the cart.

The Crimson Tide have been main 35-7 on the time of the harm. Tagovailoa was 14-for-18 for 256 yards with two touchdowns.

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is present process X-rays on the hip he injured towards Mississippi State. Wesley Hitt/Getty Photographs

Saban mentioned the teaching employees thought-about placing backup quarterback Mac Jones into the sport for Tagovailoa earlier than the ultimate sequence.

“I do not fear about gamers getting damage,” Saban mentioned. “You definitely do not need to see anyone get damage, particularly him.”

Tagovailoa, a Heisman Trophy contender and potential top-10 choose in subsequent spring’s NFL draft, had surgical procedure on his proper ankle Oct. 20, a day after he was injured within the Crimson Tide’s 35-13 victory over Tennessee.

Surgeons carried out a “tightrope” process on his proper ankle, by which they drilled a gap from his fibula into the tibia and forged three tightropes by way of the bone and cinched it all the way down to tighten it, based on Dr. Norman Waldrop, who was a part of the medical group that carried out a tightrope process on Tagovailoa’s left ankle following the SEC championship sport final season.

Tagovailoa missed Alabama’s 48-7 win over Arkansas on Oct. 26 however returned to start out towards LSU final week. His mobility was restricted, however he nonetheless accomplished 21 of 40 passes for 418 yards with 4 touchdowns and one interception within the Crimson Tide’s 46-41 loss to the Tigers.

He was a game-time determination to start out towards Mississippi State on Saturday.