Alabama QB Tagovailoa back throwing in practice after injury

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Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (13) works through drills with a thumb injury during the NCAA college football team's practice Thursday, March 22, 2018, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Vasha Hunt/AL.com via AP)
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is back throwing in practice.

Tagovailoa made some throws and handoffs Tuesday after injuring a finger on his left, throwing hand in the Crimson Tide's first spring practice.

Coach Nick Saban says Tagovailoa ''has made a very nice recovery'' over the past week. He said the freshman from Hawaii did have a broken bone but was able to grip the ball and ''could throw a little bit.''

Tagovailoa is expected to compete with two-year starter Jalen Hurts for the starting job heading into next season.

The former five-star recruit came off the bench to lead the Tide to a comeback win in the national championship game against Georgia in January.

Saban says Tagovailoa has ''a really good, positive attitude about it, and we feel good about where he's heading.''

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