Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered a thumb injury on his throwing hand during the first day of the Crimson Tide's spring season Tuesday.
According to AL.com, the injury is only a sprain and Tagovailoa shouldn't miss much time.
Tagovailoa burst onto the national spotlight during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game last season when he replaced starting quarterback Jalen Hurts in the second half and led Alabama to a come-from-behind victory over Georgia.
While the assumption is Tagovailoa took over the starting spot for good with the performance, it has not been announced who will begin the season under center for Alabama.
“I think in a few days, Tua will probably be able to do some things,” Saban told reporters. “But when you hurt your thumb on your throwing hand, it’s kind of hard to grip the ball, so I think that’s going to be the issue is whether he’s able to throw it.
“He and Jalen were splitting reps, and we’re giving both guys an opportunity to see how they compete, to see how they do. So, we don’t have decisions, we’re not speculating on any decisions. But we’re just going to be fair and honest in terms of how we give both players a chance to compete.”