It's been four months since Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa went down awkwardly on a meaningless play in a blowout win over Mississippi State, dislocating his hip and fracturing the joint's posterior wall.
It's the same injury that ended the storybook career of two-sport superstar Bo Jackson, perhaps the most freakish athlete of all time. Modern medicine has advanced significantly since Jackson's days (former Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosely suffered the same injury in college and is still in the NFL as a member of the Jets), and many were hopeful that Tagovailoa would be able to recover, but there were still plenty of concerns.
Tagovailoa might have assuaged some of those fears on Monday when he posted a workout video on Twitter that showed off solid footwork and mobility.
— Tua. T (@Tuaamann) March 24, 2020
Tagovailoa's recovery appears to be right on schedule. The expected recovery time for a dislocated hip is three-to-four months. Tagovailoa was put on a "partial weight bearing recovery plan" for six weeks, rehabbing daily in Tuscaloosa The goal for Tagovailoa was to resume athletic activity after three months and be throwing by spring.
One key difference between Tagovailoa's injury and the one that ended Jackson's career was that Tagovailoa received immediate attention for his hip, while Jackson continued to play and caused irreparable damage. That might be Tagovailoa's saving grace.
Prior to his injury, many expected Tagovailoa to go No. 1 overall in this year's draft, but that spot now belongs to LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. Sporting News currently has Tagovailoa going sixth overall to the Chargers, who are in search of a quarterback with the departure of Phillip Rivers.