Ever since the second half comeback against Georgia, fans have been anxious to see how the quarterback battle would play out at Alabama but the waiting will have to continue.

Tua Tagovailoa, who is in competition with Jalen Hurts for the starting job, injured his thumb during the first day of spring camp.

"Tua, you know, hurt his thumb today in practice," head coach Nick Saban said in his press conference after practice. "Taking him to Birmingham to get that evaluated but it's probably going to require some time for him to get back. I don't want to speculate on what the injury might be, but most of the time when these type things happen, it takes a little while for him to come back."

Saban didn't speculate on the extent of the injury but Tide 102.9 midday host Scott Griffin reported Tuesday night that he suffered a broken bone.

Saban said Tagovailoa and Hurts were splitting reps and both guys would get an opportunity to earn the job, but that competition will have to be put on hold. There's a chance the sophomore returns to participate in spring camp but throwing won't likely be one of those activities.

"I think in a few days Tua will probably be able to do some things, but when you hurt your thumb on your throwing hand it's kind of hard to grip the ball. So I think that's going to be the issue is whether he's able to throw it."

Alabama returns to the practice field on Thursday for day two of 15.


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