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Disaster struck for No. 1 Alabama in the first half against longtime rival Tennessee as star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was knocked out of the game with an ankle injury.
And per Alabama coach Nick Saban, it could keep him out of next week’s matchup against Arkansas
“I think Tua will probably be out for a week but I don’t know that for a fact,” Saban told ESPN after the Crimson Tide’s 35-13 win over the Volunteers. “He’s got a high ankle sprain so he’ll probably be out for a week or two.”
After the matchup against the Razorbacks, Alabama will have a bye week before its showdown at home against No. 3 LSU.
The Heisman Trophy contender appeared to suffer the injury when he was sacked at the 6:44 mark of the second quarter by the Volunteers’ Greg Emerson. He would stay in the game for one more play before Alabama took a timeout and he headed for the medical tent.
He then went to the locker room with about four minutes remaining until halftime. He did not return and was replaced for the rest of the game by backup Mac Jones.
The Crimson Tide led 21-10 at the time of Tagovailoa’s injury. He had completed 11-of-12 passes for 155 yards with no touchdowns and an interception.
Jones finished 6-of-11 for 72 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.
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The final margin for Alabama was provided on a 100-yard scoop-and-score by Trevon Diggs after Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano fumbled on fourth down at the goal line.