Against the Tennessee Volunteers, Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama Crimson Tide Quarterback, suffered a high ankle sprain. He underwent a “tight-rope procedure” on Sunday morning and will miss the next 1-2 games, per Head Coach Nick Saban.
A high ankle sprain is an injury to the ligaments between the fibula and tibia just above the ankle joint called the syndesmosis. There are different levels of severity to this injury and sometimes we use a stress exam under x-ray to see subtle movements in the bones which make up the ankle joint. In certain instances, surgery is required commonly with a device called Arthrex’s Tightrope which can be performed during an outpatient surgical procedure.