Tua Tagovailoa injured in third quarter against Missouri

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. >> Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was being checked out on the sideline after getting hurt on a run.

Tagovailoa stayed on the ground for a while after sliding at the end of a run in the third quarter of the top-ranked Crimson Tide’s game Saturday night against Missouri.

The Saint Louis alum trotted off the field but headed to Alabama’s medical tent. His parents joined him in the tent.

Tagovailoa sprained his right knee last week against Arkansas but coach Nick Saban said he didn’t miss any practice time.

Tagovailoa led Alabama to a 30-10 halftime lead. He left after going 12-for-22 for 265 yards and three touchdowns.

Wide receivers Henry Ruggs III and DeVonta Smith suffered apparent leg injuries. Smith didn’t return in the second half after a 57-yard catch. Ruggs appeared to have his right leg twisted by a Missouri defender on a tackle and walked to the locker room.

There was no immediate update on their status. Tagovailoa is regarded as perhaps the leading Heisman Trophy candidate.

Backup Jalen Hurts, who started the past two years, replaced him.

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