The greatest fears of Crimson Tide fans everywhere have been confirmed.
After suffering a brutal hit that knocked him out of Alabama's game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs Saturday, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will now reportedly miss the rest of the 2019 season with a dislocated hip.
The potential top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft had to be carted off the field after he got lit up midway through the second quarter of what was then a 35-7 advantage for the Tide in Starkville.
Many questioned why he even neeed to start the game to begin with, let alone play so deep into a blowout. He's been dealing with lower body injuries over the past few weeks, and though Alabama has work to do in order to break back into Playoff contention, it's not like they would have struggled in Saturday's game without him.
They've got a talented backup in Mac Jones. He's proven to be more than serviceable while filling in for Tagovailoa this year. But there's just no like-for-like replacement for a superstar like him.
The injury raises plenty of questions about his future playing in the NFL. Hopefully, he can make a full recovery in time and find his way back to the gridiron one day.