Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa suffers broken bone in index finger in first spring practice
Tagovailoa led Alabama back from a 13-0 deficit to beat Georgia for the national title in January
UPDATE (Friday, March 23): Tua Tagovailoa's father, Galu Tagovailoa, told KHON2 in Honolulu that the rising sophomore quarterback broke a bone in his index finger in his throwing hand in what was called a "freak accident." According to the report from sports director Rob DeMello, the hero from the College Football Playoff National Championship win over Georgia in January was immediately taken to the hospital and underwent successful surgery.
Tagovailoa was seen on Thursday taking snaps, but not throwing.
Coach Nick Saban announced in his press conference following the first practice of the spring that Tagovailoa suffered a thumb injury in his throwing hand, leaving him out of full practices indefinitely.
This leaves Hurts as the primary No. 1 quarterback for the defending national champions for now. Tagovailoa replaced Hurts midway through the College Football Playoff National Championship in January, leading the Crimson Tide out of a 13-0 hole by tossing three touchdown passes including the game-winner in overtime to DeVonta Smith.
In an interesting note, no other quarterback on the Crimson Tide roster as attempted a college pass. Redshirt freshman Mac Jones is expected to get the primary No. 2 snaps behind Hurts until Tagovailoa comes back.
The injury comes at an interesting time in Tuscaloosa. The loser of the quarterback battle between Hurts and Tagovailoa could look elsewhere once a decision is made. On top of that, former East Carolina starting Gardner Minshew -- a one-time Alabama commit -- that he is heading to Washington State as a grad transfer instead of joining the Crimson Tide.
Alabama opens the 2018 season in Orlando against Louisville in the Camping World Kickoff on Sept. 1.
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