Report: NFL teams encouraged by Tua Tagovailoa rehab process
There has been some speculation that NFL teams may shy away from Tua Tagovailoa due to their inability to get answers about his health status, but they’re doing the best they can.
The signs about Tagovailoa’s rehab are encouraging. According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, teams took note of the workout video the former Alabama quarterback recently posted and are pleased with what they’ve seen and heard.
“The key thing on that video that Tua posted last week, it was only 10 seconds, but it was an impressive 10 seconds,” Mortensen said on ESPN’s “NFL Live” Monday, via Clint Buckley of 247Sports. “The key was to basically get the recovery. How did he feel the next day? He was pretty good the next day in terms of how he felt. And this is with doctor’s oversights and I’m told that when we officially get to the Tua Tagovailoa story down the road, we will find that this has been a little bit like a ‘Rocky IV workout.’ He’s been that impressive and committed to his progress without risking that injury.
“So the hip, obviously, is making progress, he’s gotten good news from the doctors, he’s recovering well. And even though there won’t be a Pro Day there will be some video posted. Some teams are concerned about the injury-prone part with the ankles but his doctors will tell you that his ankles are better off than they were before he had these procedures. Most teams are basically saying ‘even if we bring him in and he has to redshirt a year we’re good with it if our doctors are good with it.'”
There was some talk that teams see Tagovailoa as an increased gamble due to the lack of access for doctors. Ultimately, the talent is so huge that teams will probably look past that, especially if doctors are giving him the green light.