Tua Tagovailoa’s Return Still Unpredictable Says Tide Coach Nick Saban


How long will Alabama have to try and win without star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa? He left the Tennessee game late in the first half after suffering a high ankle sprain. Tagovailoa underwent surgery on the ankle on Sunday. He will not play this weekend against Arkansas. After the Razorbacks game, the Tide has a bye week before hosting LSU. The Tide is currently ranked number one, while the Tigers are ranked number two. Bama head coach Nick Saban says it’s hard to say if Tagovailoa will be ready to go for that LSU showdown on November 9th in Tuscaloosa.

Said Saban:”He will be non-weight bearing for several days, and then he’ll be able to come back as his rehab allows him. So we’re hopeful that in a ten day period, he’ll be back being able to do pretty active type rehab, and we’ll see how it goes from there. These things are pretty unpredictable at this point.”

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.