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Tua Tagovailoa suffers serious hip injury

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One of the top quarterbacks in the NFL Draft may’ve suffered a Bo Jackson-like injury.

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What looked to be a regular tackle in Starkville, Mississippi has sent major shockwaves into the NFL Draft landscape.

In the second quarter of Alabama’s game against Mississippi State, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa left the game with what is now being called a hip fracture. Tagovailoa was carted off the field and his 2019 season surely looks to be over.

Not only does this potentially damage his draft prospects, an injury like this could derail his career altogether.

It’s important to note that a hip fracture is essentially the career-ending injury that Bo Jackson suffered at the hands of the Bengals nearly 30 years ago.

Tagovailoa just returned to the field last week after having surgery on his right ankle. He previously had ankle issues towards the end of last season.

To make matters even worse, Tagovailoa was originally set to be taken out of the game before the drive in which he got hurt, but wanted to stay in.

The fallout of this injury transcends just the draft. Tagovailoa was seen as one the top prospects in this entire class and his NFL career might be in jeopardy before it even began.

For the Bengals, and other teams at the top of the current draft order targeting a quarterback, the next five months of Tagovailoa’s recovery becomes crucial. And here’s to hoping he makes a full recovery.