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#pounditFriday, September 18, 2020

Report: NFL teams extremely encouraged by Tua Tagovailoa’s hip exams

Tua Tagovailoa

Tua Tagovailoa is on schedule to be cleared by doctors well before the NFL Draft, and teams that are looking for a quarterback have to be excited about the way the former Alabama star’s rehab has gone.

Tagovailoa’s surgically-repaired hip was examined by multiple teams at the NFL Scouting Combine this week, and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the QB received “overwhelmingly positive” feedback. Tua’s MRI results were clean and the fracture he suffered has healed.

That is consistent with everything else we have heard to this point, as Tagovailoa also had a hip scan with his own doctor earlier this month and received great news. He told reporters on Tuesday that he expects to be fully cleared by March 9 and will throw for teams at his own personal Pro Day before the draft.

There will always be concern about Tagovailoa’s long-term health given all the significant injuries he suffered in college, but teams appear to already be playing games regarding where they will draft him. Barring an unexpected setback, we would be surprised if Tagovailoa slips outside the top five picks.

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