Tagovailoa injured in Alabama's first 2018 spring practice session

Tagovailoa injured in Alabama's first 2018 spring practice session
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa runs during the second half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Georgia, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered an injury during the Crimson Tide's first spring training session on Tuesday, according to head coach Nick Saban.

"Tua hurt his thumb in practice," Saban said, according to a report by SEC Country. "We're taking him to Birmingham to get him evaluated. It's probably going to require some time for him to get back."

Tagovailoa, who will be a sophomore during the upcoming football season, entered the spring in a quarterback competition with incumbent starter Jalen Hurts, a junior. Tagovailoa led Alabama to a second-half comeback in the NCAA National Championship against Georgia after Hurts was benched by Saban at halftime.

It's not yet known how severe Tagovailoa's injury was, or how much time he might miss.

"I don't want to speculate on what the injury might be, but most of the time when these type things happen, it takes a little while for them to come back," Saban said.

Prior to Tagovailoa's injury, the plan was for both quarterbacks to split reps, Saban said Tuesday.

"We're giving both guys an opportunity to see how they compete and how they do," said Saban. "We don't have any decisions. We're not speculating on any decisions. We're just going to be fair and honest in terms of how we give both players a chance to compete."

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