Former Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has claimed he’s totally healthy and ready to play in 2020. However, rumors have started swirling that the Heisman trophy runner up recently failed at least one physical, which could cause NFL teams to stay away from him in the upcoming draft. At the very least, it could cost him millions of dollars should he fall to the second round or even the third day.
NFL Insider Michael Lombardi revealed some new information about Tagovailoa. Bleacher Report‘s Megan Armstrong said that, on his most recent podcast, he divulged the quarterback has failed at least one physical, which wasn’t made public.
“That’s got to get around that at least one team failed the physical on Tua; others have to be concerned now as well. What they saw…is they saw the fact it’s not just his hip. It’s his ankle. It’s his wrist. He broke his wrist the first day of spring ball one year. And then they fixed it, he came back, and he broke it again.”
Tagovailoa has suffered so many injuries over the years that league officials are concerned he’s injury-prone. He’s had injuries that haven’t been publicly released by Nick Saban — which doesn’t come as a surprise, as he tends to keep star player injuries under wraps. During Tagovailoa’s time at Alabama, only rumors circulated about his injuries. Lombardi declared those rumors have turned out to be true.
While Tagovailoa still hasn’t had many publicized injuries, analysts have noticed teams are starting to cool on the quarterback. ESPN‘s Mel Kiper reported in his latest Mailbag the Miami Dolphins had been looking at acquiring the former Alabama player, but they are starting to back away because of his injuries.
Kiper said the problem is getting worse because the Dolphins aren’t able to get an up-close and personal look at Tagovailoa. Armstrong pointed out the former Crimson Tide star is seeing other teams sour on him as well, due to concerns about his longevity. Some analysts have declared Tagovailoa as a QB3 or QB4 on their board. He may even end up behind the man he replaced as the starting quarterback at Alabama, Jalen Hurts.
While Tagovailoa is sliding down some team’s draft boards, Hurts is moving the other way. He was once considered a third-day pick, but some rumors are currently circulating that say he could end up going in the first round.