Tua Tagovailoa's agent challenges reports about QB's health

Omar Kelly, Sun Sentinel on

Published in Football

Tua Tagovailoa has told the world he's totally healthy, and will be ready to play football in 2020.

He's training in Nashville, working to ensure that's true, and has shown NFL teams video of those workouts, which are being conducted nearly five months after he had his hip dislocation and fracture surgically repaired.

However, rumors have started swirling that the former Alabama standout recently failed at least one NFL team's physical at the NFL Combine, and concerns about his health and durability could result in his stock falling in the upcoming draft.

His agent Leigh Steinberg went on the defensive Thursday, addressing those reports, and attacking the perception that Tagovailoa won't have a productive NFL career.

"Tua's health is fine, and there's no recurrence that's going to happen here," Steinberg said, referring to valid fears that Tagovailoa's hip might pop out of place again during his NFL career on a sack or tackle.

"Two doctors who are treating him give him flying colors," Steinberg told 790 The Ticket, referring to Alabama's team surgeon and the physician who operated on Tagovailoa's hip.


Former NFL executive Mike Lombardi recently detailed the litany of Tagovailoa's past ailments during a Bleacher Report podcast, and claims he's aware of two teams have red-flagged Tagovailoa, potentially pushing him down their draft boards because of durability concerns.

"It's not just his hip," Lombardi said on his "GM Shuffle" podcast. "It's his ankle. It's his wrist. He broke his wrist the first day of spring ball one year.... He's brittle. He is brittle. You can't deny it.

"Two teams that I've talked to have flunked him. They've flunked him on not just the hip, (but) on the multitude of injuries. The risk far outweighs the reward."

Steinberg defended his client by pointing out plenty of misinformation gets spread annually as the April 23-25 NFL draft approaches.


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