Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa Undergoes Successful Surgery for High-Ankle Sprain

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (13) walks off the field hurt against Tennessee during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will miss Saturday’s game against Arkansas after undergoing surgery to help repair a high-ankle sprain he suffered against Tennessee.

Tagovailoa suffered the injury during last night’s win over the Volunteers. He had surgery Sunday morning.

“Our physicians performed a successful tight-rope procedure on his right ankle this morning,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said in a statement. “This is the same injury, but the opposite ankle that Tua injured last season. Tua will miss next week’s game against Arkansas, but we expect a full and speedy recovery.”

Tagovailoa, who currently leads the FBS in QBR (95.6), has thrown 27 touchdowns and just two interceptions.

The junior from Hawaii had the “tightrope” procedure on his other ankle following the SEC Championship Game last season and returned in time to compete in the College Football Playoff.

Dr. Norman Waldrop, who was part of the team that performed the procedure on Tagovailoa a year ago, explained how it creates a more stable ankle and allows the ligaments to heal in their natural position.

“What we do is we drill a hole from the fibula into the tibia and cast these tightropes through the bone and synch it down and tighten it,” Waldrop told ESPN in 2018.

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SOURCE: ESPN, Alex Scarborough