Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa said Wednesday that his left ankle, which he injured in the SEC championship game nearly four weeks ago, is about “80 to 85 percent” healed days before the Crimson Tide meet Oklahoma in a College Football Playoff semifinal.
No. 1 Alabama will play No. 4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl on Saturday.
Tagovailoa had minor surgery on his ankle following the injury. During Wednesday’s media availability, he said he is undergoing rehabilitation.
“I think it’s a mindset thing,” the sophomore QB said. “You’ve got to go into (it) with the mindset you want to get better right away, and that’s how I took it,” he said.
Tagovailoa is working with most of the playbook during practice.
“It’s a full send. It’s a full send,” Tagovailoa said. “We’re running all the plays that we normally run. And if I wasn’t able to run some of the plays, then I don’t think I should be out there.”
The Heisman Trophy runner-up, Tagovailoa completed 67.7 percent of his passes for 3,353 yards, throwing 37 touchdowns and four interceptions.
–Field Level Media