NFL Draft news: Tua Tagovailoa's injury scan as 'positive as possible'
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Tua Tagovailoa’s three-month injury scan as ‘positive as possible’

Tua Tagovailoa, NFL Draft

Before a week 12 dislocated hip took Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa out for the rest of the season, the Crimson Tide star was seen by many as the surefire No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft.

After the injury, Tagovailoa quickly fell down draft boards. however, as of late, the 6-foot-1 quarterback is rising back up towards the top of the draft.

Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Tagovailoa’s three-month CT scan was ‘as positive as possible’. While Tagovailoa is expected to make a full recovery, it will likely be another month or so before he is cleared for football activities.

Regardless, Tagovailoa’s fractured hip has healed well and the hip’s range of motion is good — a positive sign for any team looking for a quarterback at the top of the draft.

In the nine games before his injury, the Alabama QB had completed 71.4 percent of his passes for 2,840 yards and 33 touchdowns with only three interceptions. The native Hawaiian also added two touchdowns on the ground.

The season before, Tua threw for nearly 4,000 yards and 43 touchdowns while throwing just six interceptions and running for an additional six touchdowns and leading Alabama to a national championship appearance.

Tagovailoa’s talent is undeniable and as a result, teams will be studying his recovery closely as the draft nears.

The NFL combine will start on February 23 and while Tua Tagovailoa was in fact invited to the event, the star quarterback will not participate in workouts. Instead, he will participate in a medical evaluation as well as interviews with interested teams.