Alabama’s Tagovailoa hurt in Missouri game

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 13: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide throws a pass in the first quarter of the game against the Missouri Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 13, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was being checked out on the sideline after getting hurt on a run.

Tagovailoa stayed on the ground for a while after sliding at the end of a run in the third quarter of the top-ranked Crimson Tide’s game Saturday night against Missouri.

He trotted off the field but headed to Alabama’s medical tent. His parents joined him in the tent.

Tagovailoa sprained his right knee last week against Arkansas but coach Nick Saban said he didn’t miss any practice time.

Wide receivers Henry Ruggs III and DeVonta Smith suffered apparent leg injuries. Smith didn’t return in the second half after a 57-yard catch. Ruggs appeared to have his right leg twisted by a Missouri defender on a tackle and walked to the locker room.

There was no immediate update on their status. Tagovailoa is regarded as perhaps the leading Heisman Trophy candidate.

Backup Jalen Hurts, who started the past two years, replaced him.