TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa returned to practice Wednesday, 10 days after undergoing surgery to repair a high ankle sprain, but was able to participate in only a limited capacity, coach Nick Saban said.
Saban reiterated that Tagovailoa’s availability heading into the Nov. 9 game against No. 1 LSU would be a day-to-day “game-time decision.”
“Tua took some snaps today in practice and did a few things on air, was not involved in any team situations,” Saban said of the junior.
He added: “I can tell you that his mentality has been really good, in terms of how he’s working the things that he’s doing and how he’s progressing and his attitude toward trying to get back on the field and trying to progress, so that’s always a good sign.”
Tagovailoa was not present during the media viewing portion of practice.
Regardless of whether Tagovailoa plays, the Crimson Tide passing game will be without its starting tight end, Miller Forristall, who will be sidelined for approximately six weeks as he recovers from throat surgery, Saban said.
Forristall, who has caught three touchdowns this season, injured his throat during Saturday’s victory over Arkansas.
The roughly six-week timeline would coincide with the end of the regular season and could allow him to return for a possible SEC championship game or bowl game.
Alabama isn’t the only team with injury concerns heading into next weekend’s visit from LSU, which is also off this weekend.
The Tigers’ All-American defensive back, Grant Delpit, injured his ankle during last weekend’s win over Auburn and isn’t expected to practice until next week, a source told ESPN.
“I feel like Grant Delpit’s going to be ready,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said during Wednesday’s SEC teleconference. “It’s going to be close. I don’t know how much he’s going to practice this week or next week, but I do believe he’ll be game-time ready.”