Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa to have ankle surgery amid Heisman buzz

Coach says Tagovailoa has a high ankle sprain.

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa to have ankle surgery amid Heisman buzz
Courtesy: ESPN Stats & Info/Twitter (McCracken, David)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will have surgery on his right ankle and recovery is expected to take about two weeks.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban tells ESPN that Tagovailoa has a high ankle sprain and will have it scoped. He says recovery time for most of his players for this procedure has typically been “a two-week deal.”

Saban is hoping Tagovailoa will be back by the time No. 1 Alabama starts practice for the Orange Bowl semifinal game against No. 4 Oklahoma on Dec. 29.

Tagovailoa hurt his right ankle when an offensive lineman stepped on it in the fourth quarter of the Southeastern Conference championship game against No. 6 Georgia. The Heisman Trophy candidate was helped off the field and didn’t return to the game.

Tagovailoa is the favorite to win the Heisman trophy.

If he does bring it home, he will be the second from Hawaii to win the coveted award. Marcus Mariota was the first from Hawaii to win it in 2014.

The finalists will be announced Monday which all leads up to the big ceremony on Thursday.

Hawaii News Now has a team in New York City there for the big event. Stay tuned on air, online and on HNN Facebook for live reports all week long.

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