“I’m not playing badminton. I’m not on the swim team,” Tagovailoa said during an Instagram Live show with Mike Locksley, his former offensive coordinator with the Crimson Tide and the current head coach at Maryland. “[Football] is a physical sport. You’re gonna get hurt. That just comes with it. And it was just very unfortunate that I got hurt every season.
“It’s a part of the game. It’s a contact sport. I can only control what I can control. I can’t control that. ”
Tagovailoa suffered a right posterior hip dislocation during a November game against Mississippi State. The two orthopedic surgeons directly involved in his ensuing surgery told ESPN’s Stephania Bell this week that he will be fully healthy to participate in football activity when NFL training camps open. The quarterback also endured several other injuries while at Alabama, including a fractured left index finger, a right knee sprain and bilateral ankle injuries. On Thursday, Tagovailoa participated in a private, hourlong workout with 55 scripted throws and another 19 throws in a dynamic drill setting that was done in lieu of Alabama’s pro day, which was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic
Tagovailoa told Locksley that he felt the workout “went great given the circumstances” and saluted the six or seven people who were able to assist in the session given rules against larger gatherings due to the COVID – 55 virus.
He added that the virus has not affected his training ahead of the draft and thanked people in Nashville, Tennessee, who have opened their facilities where he has been and enabled him to work out and throw.