Tua Tagovailoa Expects to Be Medically Cleared from Hip Injury on March 9

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistFebruary 25, 2020

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in an NCAA football game Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)
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Tua Tagovailoa's recovery from November hip surgery appears to be progressing well, as the 2018 SEC Offensive Player of the Year expects to be medically cleared within two weeks. 

Speaking to reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine on Tuesday, Tagovailoa said he anticipates he'll get the "full go" from his doctors March 9. 

Tagovailoa is in Indianapolis for the annual combine and had his measurements taken, but the former Alabama star isn't taking part in on-field drills.

"I'll be participating in the combine, but my main goal is not to win the 40, not to win the bench press, but to win my medical," he told the NFL Network in January. "I'm going to go over there looking to win my medical and then go in and interview with the teams."

Assuming Tagovailoa is cleared March 9, that would put him on track to participate in Alabama's pro day, which is scheduled for March 24. The 21-year-old did note it's uncertain if he will take part in that event, but he's planning his own pro day for April 9. 

Tagovailoa had season-ending surgery Nov. 18 to repair a dislocated hip with a posterior wall fracture suffered during Alabama's 38-7 win over Mississippi State two days earlier. 

Despite the injury, B/R's Matt Miller has Tagovailoa ranked as the No. 5 overall prospect in this year's class. 

The 2020 NFL draft will be held from April 23 to 25 in Las Vegas. 

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