Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa sat out Alabama's scrimmage Saturday with an injury, and his status for the rest of spring practice is unknown, reports TideSports.com.
The hero of the College Football Playoff National Championship game underwent surgery on his hand in March, after hurting it in practice. He participated in last Saturday's first scrimmage, but coach Nick Saban said the sophomore suffered a "setback" Friday.
“You know, Tua had a little setback yesterday with his hand,” Saban said. “Doctors are trying to evaluate the best course of action and what we do with him the remainder of spring. That said, I can’t really tell you any more.
"He didn’t take any snaps today. He did take a lot of snaps yesterday. We’re going to try to protect this and make sure that this thing is not going to be an issue for him in the fall.”
The Crimson Tide's annual A-Day game is scheduled for Saturday, April 21, but Saban confirmed Thursday Tagovailoa won't be playing.
This news puts a temporary damper on the much-anticipated quarterback battle between Tagovailoa and two-year starter and former SEC Offensive Player of the Year Jalen Hurts. Hurts, of course, started the national title game but struggled in the first half. Tagovailoa took over after halftime and keyed the Tide's comeback victory over Georgia.
Saban said Hurts has looked good throwing the ball in practice.
"Jalen has done, I think (he) has had a really good spring from the standpoint that we really tried to focus on continuing to help him develop confidence in the passing game,” Saban said. “He is showing signs of being able to do that and we want to continue to work on that, but he’s done a really good job."
Redshirt freshman Mac Jones, a former four-star recruit, could see more snaps if Tagovailoa sits out.