Tua Tagovailoa addresses injury concerns ahead of NFL Draft: I'm not playing badminton

Written By Liam Blackburn
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Tua Tagovailoa is not worried about those who consider him an NFL Draft injury risk.

The former Alabama quarterback is expected to be one of the first names off the board later this month, though his stock could take a hit because of the dislocated hip he suffered in November.

While those who performed the surgery said Tagovailoa will be fully healthy by the time NFL training camps open, ex-New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum suggested teams should not spend a top-10 pick on the quarterback because of the medical concerns.

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Tagovailoa, 22, also missed time because of high ankle sprains during his three years at Alabama. Naturally, he dismisses the doubters, believing that such injuries are part and parcel in the sport.

"I'm not playing badminton. I'm not on the swim team," he told former Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley during an Instagram Live chat (more via AL.com). "It is a physical sport. You're going to get hurt. That just comes with it. And it was just very unfortunate that I got hurt every season.

"It's a part of the game. It's a contact sport. I can only control what I can control. I can't control that."

Many mock drafts have suggested the Miami Dolphins will select Tagovailoa with the fifth overall pick, though the Los Angeles Chargers and New England Patriots have also been identified as potential landing spots.

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"I'll play for whoever takes me," Tagovailoa added. "I just want to play, man. It doesn't matter what organization I go to, man. I just want to play.

"I look forward to playing under any organization that is willing to take a chance on me."

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