Alabama QB Tagovailoa suffers 'setback,' Saban says

4/14/2018 9:38:06 PM EST

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has suffered what coach Nick Saban characterized as "a little setback," adding uncertainty to the Crimson Tide's spring game next weekend.

Tagovailoa broke the index finger on his throwing hand during Alabama's first practice March 20 and apparently aggravated the injury Friday, keeping him out of a scrimmage Saturday. It was not immediately clear whether the sophomore will be available to practice next week.

"Doctors are trying to evaluate the best course of action and what we do with him the remainder of the spring," Saban said. "With that said, I can't really tell you any more. ... We're going to try to protect this and make sure that this thing is not going to be an issue for him in the fall."

Tagovailoa and junior Jalen Hurts were projected to compete this spring for the advantage when fall workouts begin.

Hurts lost just two games in two seasons as the starting quarterback but was pulled at halftime against Georgia in the national title game in January.

Tagovailoa came in to throw three touchdowns as the Tide rallied for a 26-23 overtime win.

--Field Level Media