Friday, June 28, 2019

Tua Tagovailoa and the dreaded ‘injury bug’

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Tua Tagovailoa was held out of the Manning Passing Academy workout today, with what was described as a ‘slight’ hamstring injury. Social media promptly exploded with worry.

A slight hamstring injury incurred by Bama’s starting QB is taken about as lightly as a ‘minor plumbing emergency’ in a houseful of teenaged females. Somebody had better do something, and in a hurry or as TideSports.com’s Cecil Hurt put it, “it’s the end of the world as we know it.”

Is this going to be a continual source of anxiety for Alabama fans? Tua found himself banged up towards the end of last season, which of course culminated in Jalen Hurts’ redemption story comeback against Georgia in the 2018 SEC Championship Game. Tua went on to struggle mightily against a very athletic, physical and well-prepared Clemson defense in the National Championship.

There’s no sense in spending a lot of emotional (analog) or social media (digital) bandwidth hand-wringing over what probably is just a little tweak. Hamstring pulls are notoriously persistent and it’s best to address any training and prep deficiencies before they can seriously affect game outcomes. That’s  what camps like the Manning academy are for.

But never underestimate the worrywart capacity of Bama fans. We worry about stuff like making sure houndstooth patterns meet specifications and which side of front door we choose to hang the Bama flag.

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