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Tide QB Tua Tagovailoa feeling 'a lot better' after ankle surgery

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Tua: My ankle is 'about 80 percent' (1:36)

Tua Tagovailoa talks with Maria Taylor about his health and preparation ahead of Alabama's CFP semifinal matchup vs. Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. (1:36)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa said Wednesday that his sprained left ankle is at about 80-85 percent and he's had no setbacks on his rehab since returning to practice.

"I feel really good," Tagovailoa said, adding that he contines to get frequest treatment. "Still doing rehab right now at this moment. Have stuff on. I think it should feel even more better when Saturday comes."

Meanwhile, his counterpart, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, skipped the Sooners' media availability on Wednesday morning because he wasn't feeling well, a school spokesman said. Murray did take part in practice later in the day.

No. 1 Alabama plays No. 4 Oklahoma on Saturday in the College Football Playoff at the Capital One Orange Bowl (8 p.m., ESPN/ESPN App).

Tagovailoa, the runner-up to Murray in Heisman Trophy balloting this season, underwent surgery after suffering the injury in the SEC championship game Dec. 1 against Georgia, and his status has been closely monitored since.

"I let my parents deal with that, with how they wanted to go about doing things with the trainers," Tagovailoa said when asked why he decided to undergo the surgery. "They talked to the trainers and the trainers and my parents sat me down and talked to me about it, and I told them as long as it's fine with my parents, I'm fine with it."

As for Murray, who threw for 4,053 yards and 40 touchdowns for the Sooners this season, Oklahoma offensive coordinator Cale Gundy couldn't offer many details about what exactly is wrong with the Heisman Trophy winner, who practiced Tuesday.

"I didn't know anything about it until I got in the car this morning," Gundy said. "I'm sure the doctors got with him and probably thought it was best to get a little rest before practice.

"He should be fine I think, but I don't really know a whole lot of it."

The situation immediately brought back memories of last season, when Baker Mayfield missed several media availabilities before the College Football Playoff semifinal against Georgia with flu-like symptoms. Nobody on the Oklahoma side, however, seems to believe it's as bad as what Mayfield dealt with a year ago in the run-up to the Rose Bowl.

Gundy also said he's hopeful leading receiver Marquise Brown, who injured his lower leg in the Big 12 title game, will be able to play and is "doing well." Brown, whose status has been a big question mark, was able to participate Wednesday without a boot.