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Tagovailoa’s parents send message of thanks for support after QB’s injury

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The parents of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa say the support the family has received “is nothing short of amazing.”

Galu and Diane Tagovailoa issued a statement Tuesday through Alabama’s athletic department and on Facebook. Tua Tagovailoa had surgery Monday in Houston for a dislocated right hip suffered Saturday against Mississippi State. The team’s surgeon, Dr. Lyle Cain, predicted a full recovery for the Crimson Tide star from Oahu, who has been projected as a high NFL draft pick.

The statement thanks “all of the Alabama family and everyone across the world for the prayers and outpouring of love and support for our son and our family.”

It also says the family has “felt the unceasing prayer, and words can’t express how overwhelming and uplifting that has been for us.”

Tagovailoa has received visits from teammates and calls of support, including from coach Gus Malzahn of rival Auburn. He shared social media shout-outs from athletes like Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and ex-NFL and Alabama running back Shaun Alexander.