Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa leaves vs. Missouri after aggravating knee

Tua exits game after reinjuring right leg (1:06)

Tua Tagovailoa reinjures his right knee while sliding for a first down and is taken out of the game. (1:06)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa aggravated a knee sprain and was forced to leave the field in the third quarter during Saturday's 39-10 win over Missouri.

Tagovailoa wore a protective brace on his right knee against Missouri, throwing for 265 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions before aggravating the injury while sliding on a run.

Trainers tended to Tagovailoa on the field, and he was able to jog off under his own power. He immediately went into a sideline tent to receive medical attention. He missed Alabama's next offensive series and was replaced by Jalen Hurts.

Tagovailoa spent nearly 10 minutes in the tent, with his parents coming down from the stands to visit him.

"Tua is OK. He got the same injury as he had before," coach Nick Saban told ESPN after the game. "We just didn't put him back in the game."

Saban added in his postgame news conference that Tagovailoa could have gone back into the game and wanted to get back in, but Saban decided against it.


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Tagovailoa, a Heisman Trophy front-runner, injured the knee a week earlier during a win over Arkansas. Saban labeled the injury a sprain on Thursday and noted that Tagovailoa hadn't missed any reps in practice.

Hurts, who started 28 straight games with a record of 26-2 prior to becoming a backup this season, came on for the injured Tagovailoa. The junior and former SEC Offensive Player of the Year has appeared in every game this season, completing 30 of 42 passes for 453 yards, five touchdowns and one interception.

Tagovailoa has started every game this season. The sophomore from Hawaii entered the weekend having thrown for 1,495 yards, 18 touchdowns and no interceptions.