Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa gets positive outlook on medical recheck before NFL draft
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa cleared a major hurdle after the doctor conducting his latest medical exam gave him a promising outlook.
Tagovailoa has spent the better part of the last four months rehabbing from surgery to repair a dislocated right hip and posterior wall fracture — injuries that ended his junior season prematurely and seemingly threatened his status as one of the top quarterbacks in this year's draft.
Tagovailoa on Thursday participated in a voluntary medical recheck that was conducted by an independent doctor working in conjunction with the NFL scouting combine, his agent, Leigh Steinberg, confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. The exam took place in Nashville and the findings revealed that the quarterback’s surgically repaired hip is structurally sound, Steinberg said.
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Tagovailoa wasn’t able to participate at the combine because he hadn’t yet been medically cleared for football activities. He received that clearance in early March and had been scheduled to perform for NFL talent evaluators at Alabama’s Pro Day on April 9. That event now will not take place because of coronavirus-related restrictions, and teams are prohibited from hosting prospects for pre-draft visits.
However, the results of Tagovailoa’s medical re-check will be forwarded to all 32 teams. Just this week, Tagovailoa posted video of himself moving and throwing on social media.
It’s expected that the quarterback will still go early in the first round of this month’s draft.
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