Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa exits vs. Missouri with knee injury; Saban says he's 'OK' after game

Alabama star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was dealing with a sprained knee leading up to Saturday's game vs. Missouri, and it appears that he aggravated it further in the Crimson Tide's 39-10 victory. He stayed down on the field for a couple of minutes after an awkward slide on a 9-yard run with 11:37 to play in the third quarter, but jogged off straight to the medical tent on the Crimson Tide sideline.

He stayed in the medical tent for a few minutes before his parents came down from the stands and entered the tent with their son. They stayed in the tent for several minutes before they re-emerged about 10 minutes later while their son remained. He came out of the tent with a little over 4:00 to play with his knee brace back on, noticeably limping and headed straight to the offensive huddle.

Nick Saban said on the broadcast after the game that Tagovailoa was "OK," and that his injury "was the same thing he was dealing with all week."

It was clear throughout the game that Tagovailoa was nursing his knee, which was in a brace the entire night. He left the game briefly after getting hit low in the second quarter, and hasn't been able to step into throws with as much force as he usually does. He was 12-of-22 passing for 265 yards and three touchdowns prior to the injury. Those who have watched him all year know that 10 incompletions in one game isn't exactly normal for the hero of the national title game last year. 

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Barrett Sallee has been a member of the sports media in various aspects since 2001. He is currently a college football writer for CBS Sports, analyst for CBS Sports HQ and host for the SiriusXM college... Full Bio

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