For the second year in a row, a Heisman Trophy candidate at quarterback from Hawaii has suffered a career-threatening injury.
Alabama junior quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who just had surgery on an injured ankle a couple of weeks ago, was injured late in the first half of Saturday’s 38-7 win over Mississippi State.
Last year, Central Florida quarterback McKenzie Milton suffered a life-threatening knee injury that he is robustly trying to recover from.
According to news reports, Tagovailoa injured his hip and some believe it is a similar injury to the one that ended Bo Jackson‘s career.
Aaron Suttles of The Athletic reported that Tagovailoa suffered a dislocated hip with a posterior wall fracture.
Jim Nagy, an ESPN draft analyst, tweeted: “Hearing Tua Tagovailoa’s hip injury is serious. Hip fracture. Similar to Bo Jackson’s career-ending injury. Surgery tonight or tomorrow morning. Praying for Tua and his family.”
UPDATE: Alabama Team Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Lyle Cain released a statement Saturday evening saying, “Tua Tagovailoa sustained a right hip dislocation that was immediately reduced at the stadium. He is undergoing further testing to determine the best course of treatment. He is expected to make a full recovery but will miss the remainder of the season.”
Two Mississippi State tacklers got to Tagovailoa and brought him down in the contest at Starkville, Miss. After being checked by trainers, he was carted off the field and airlifted to a Birmingham, Ala., hospital, according reports.
The Crimson Tide led 35-7 when the injury occurred. Head coach Nick Saban told reporters that it was going to be Tagovailoa’s last drive of the game and that he didn’t think the ankle injury contributed to the hip injury.
Patrick Mahomes, the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, was one of many athletes to tweet their support for Tua.
Prayers up @Tuaamann hope this is just a minor setback in a bright future!
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) November 16, 2019