The injury occurred in the second quarter, with just three minutes to go until halftime, as he was tackled by two defenders. He got up with a bloody nose and could not place any pressure on his right leg. He was then carted off the field and did not return, as he was airlifted back to Birmingham, Alabama for CT scans and an MRI. Coach Saban confirmed after the game that this injury was not at all related to the ankle injury that made the quarterback a game-time decision for Saturday's game. He had been dealing with that injury for over two weeks, and it almost made him miss the showdown with the Tigers last week.
Saban has already received criticism as to why Tagovailoa was still in the game, which was already a blowout by halftime. The coach explained himself by saying that he was practicing the two-minute drill before taking him out. Tagovailoa has already missed one game this year, which was a win over Arkansas on October 26th. He is projected to be a top-10 pick in next April's NFL Draft, and he gave one last showcase by overcoming the injury last week to throw for 418 yards and four touchdowns in a loss, and has thrown for 2,584 yards and 31 touchdowns this season. The senior finishes his Alabama run with 85 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, with three National Championship appearances, including one title. He will now have to focus on getting healthy as he looks to transition in to the NFL, with the likes of Justin Herbert and Joe Burrow expected to be on the draft board as well come the spring.