Tua Tagovailoa Reportedly Out 2 Weeks with Ankle Injury

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 2, 2018

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 01:  Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after throwing an interception in the first half against the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is expected to miss two weeks with an ankle injury, ESPN reported Sunday (h/t CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd).

Tagovailoa was injured in Saturday's 35-28 win over the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC Championship Game.

Jalen Hurts filled in at quarterback and led Alabama on its game-tying and go-ahead scoring drives in the fourth quarter.

A two-week recovery timeline would leave Tagovailoa more than enough time to get back for the College Football Playoff semifinals. The first two playoff games are scheduled for Dec. 29.

Alabama finished first in the final playoff rankings, which means a date with the Oklahoma Sooners in the Orange Bowl.

The SEC title game might have proved, though, the Tide don't need Tagovailoa under center to be the best team in college football.

Hurts was 7-of-9 for 82 yards and a touchdown and ran for 28 yards and a score on five carries after replacing Tagovailoa. The junior passer is also a year removed from leading Alabama to last year's national championship game.

Tagovailoa is the Heisman Trophy front-runner and threw for 3,353 yards, 37 touchdowns and four interceptions in 13 appearances. Still, Alabama is so deep from top to bottom it could probably advance past the semifinals and repeat as national champion if Tagovailoa's ankle injury lingers into late December and early January.

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