- Covered the Broncos for two seasons with the Denver Post
- Graduate of the University of Houston
- A native of Jackson, Miss.
INDIANAPOLIS — Tua Tagovailoa expects to receive full medical clearance on March 9, a date he has been counting down to for a long time.
The former Alabama quarterback won’t throw or participate in on-field drills at the NFL combine, but he will hold his own pro day on April 9, when he expects to throw for teams.
The main focus for Tagovailoa at the combine has been doing well in the medical exams and interviews.
Tagovailoa, who suffered a posterior wall fracture and dislocated hip in November, says the medical portion of the combine has been “a process.”
He said he was the last person to leave the medical examinations in Indianapolis Monday, arriving at 10 a.m. and leaving at 7:49 p.m.
Tagovailoa says all the medical evaluations he’s received from his doctors have been positive and he expects to play in the 2020 season.
Once March 9 arrives, Tagovailoa expects to start throwing, doing drop backs, rolling out and performing everything needed to be a quarterback.
“I’m hoping to do everything,” Tagovailoa said. “I don’t think there is much to wait on.”
If Tagovailoa’s medicals are clean, he’s expected to be a strong candidate to be a top-five pick. Oddsmakers have listed the Detroit Lions at No. 3 and the Miami Dolphins at No. 5 as the co-favorites to land him.
“Whatever team decides to take me, I’d be grateful whether it’s 2, 32nd or 200th, I’ll be grateful,” Tagovailoa said.
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