What a difference a few weeks makes.
Alabama Crimson Tide star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who suffered a season-ending hip injury three weeks ago in a win over Mississippi State, said Tuesday in an ESPN interview there is a chance he could return to college.
Tagovailoa, who had a successful surgery on his right hip on Nov. 18, acknowledged that he has a tough decision to make regarding his future.
“If I leave, the risk is, do I still go in the first round or do I even make it to the second round?” said Tagovailoa, who was widely expected to be the first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft before the injury. “These guys don’t even know if I can play with the hip injury yet.”
Tagovailoa said he and his family will try weigh the pros and cons about heading into the NFL draft or staying in college — including the possibility of another injury if he returns to school.
“You’ve got to change and be thinking as a businessman,” he said. “You’ve got to make business decisions.”
Tagovailoa still has a bit of time to make a decision. The deadline for underclassmen to apply for eligibilty for the 2020 NFL draft is Jan. 20.