HAWAII GROWN: Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa suffers serious injury

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (13) was carted off the field in the second quarter against Mississippi State. Associated Press photo.

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.


  1. Steve November 16, 2019 2:11 pm

    Prayers going up for Tua Tagovailoa! You are one tough athlete brah! Take your time and get some rest. Give it all to God Bro! You got this!

  2. Dave Bryant November 16, 2019 10:09 pm

    Tua has talent but let’s face it, the guy is too fragile for football, He’s broken or hurt everything on his body and he doesn’t even run and seldom gets hit. The entire country waits to see if he’s limping every time he’s touched. Hopefully he’s taking his education serious and gets a good job, surely the bama alum will watch out for him.

  3. NotUrFavoriteWords817 November 16, 2019 11:33 pm

    Dave Bryant, talent yes. Fragile? More like beaten till he breaks… football takes a toll on an athletes body. Later in the season injuries are prone to happen. I do agree he is injury prone, but idk about shedding shade on his end hoping for a good job coming out of Bama. Hahaha have some optimism in your life buddy. Miracles happen.

  4. MAKAKILO COMMUNITY November 17, 2019 12:16 am

    This young man from Ewa Beach has a bright future. Prayers and healing for you.
    College football will not be the same without you. You’ve done everything you needed to prove your self.
    Rehab and forego your senior year. The NFL is waiting for you. Go make that $!

  5. Mahatma Gandhi November 17, 2019 10:41 am

    Dave Bryant, yes, the influential alumni do take care of their football players after their playing years are over. But the Alabama alumni connections are in the Southeast. Do you really think Tua really wants to live there? It’s always a good thing to play where you want to live your life.
    Mixed emotions on his injury. I hate to see any Hawaii player get hurt like that. But he played for St Louis, a win-at-all-costs football program that has destroyed the competitive balance of Hawaii state high school football.

  6. Joanna Whitener November 17, 2019 1:24 pm

    God bless Tua!!! Alofa atu from Florida ❤️😘🙏🏾

  7. ItIsWhatItIs November 17, 2019 3:53 pm

    @ Mahatma G…. Are you serious? Mixed emotions about someone getting hurt in a football game, All because he attend a certain high school? What the hell is wrong with you! This is a great kid who represents Hawaii in a great way. Puts GOD first, does well in the Alabama community, and always says postive things! Another Poly, local kids can look up to. I have no mixed emotions about how I feel about your comments! Discusting!! Prayers up for Tua

  8. 88 November 17, 2019 10:05 pm

    Yes, Mahatma G that has got to be one of the dumbest comments ever! For someone of your age to get on here and judge a kid ,who has done nothing but rep our state and our culture with nothing but class, because of the high school he attended just shows how much class you LACK. You are a D1CK sir.

  9. ILH November 18, 2019 9:31 am

    Methinks he wasnt ready to be back on the field yet.
    Amazing, because even a less than 100% Tua can beat most teams.

    I hope he recovers. He has represented Hawaii well and if hes out, then that means another year at Alabama.

    MAHUtma GandhiK-

    A man is but a product of his thoughts.
    What he thinks he becomes.

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