Tide's Tua Tagovailoa expected to practice by 'mid-week'

Arkansas head coach Chad Morris and Alabama head coach Nick Saban

Saban says Tagovailoa won't play unless he can "perform to the best of his ability". "And there's nothing really else that I can say about it".

Tagovailoa (ankle) is expected to be back in practice Wednesday, Mike Rodak of al.com reports.

"Mac did a nice job", Saban said.

"Tua is doing really, really well". "So that's always a good sign".

Coach Nick Saban says Tagovailoa could be "a game-day decision" with a sprained right ankle but he took snaps and went through some work "on air" in Wednesday's practice. He had four weeks to recover and returned to play in the first round of the College Football Playoff against Oklahoma, leading the Tide past the Sooners.

"Dr. (James) Andrews, Dr. (Lyle) Cain, that whole (Andrews) medical group in Birmingham is some of the top people in the country", Saban said. It's great for recruiting but I don't think it means a hill of beans. "And we've had a lot of success with this surgery in the past". However, Saban said Tagovailoa's most recent sprain is not as serious as the one he suffered last season.

"They haven't seen an offense like us yet", Jefferson said. "It's incredible to me all the things they can do in medicine now". I don't know how he'll do after that. Saban added that he didn't have a cutoff date in mind as to when he would make a decision about Tagovailoa's availability for LSU. "If he can't perform, then he won't be able to play". He didn't go through team drills as the second-ranked Crimson Tide prepares for the November 9 game against No. 1 LSU.

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