TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama junior quarterback Tua Tagovailoa  did not return to practice on Tuesday, just nine days after having surgery to help a high-ankle sprain heal, 

The Crimson Tide held its first formal workout of its bye week, with players in shorts and helmets working outside.

Tagovailoa is expected to join them on Wednesday.  

Alabama is poised to face LSU in a potential No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Nov. 9. The team won't start installing the game plan until Thursday. 

"We are looking at some film on them but right now we are focused on getting better each and every day and preparing well," sophomore cornerback Patrick Surtain II said. 

Meanwhile, linebacker Ale Kaho (hand) practiced in a black non-contact jersey, and with a cast. 

Wide receiver DeVonta Smith (shoulder), running back Najee Harris (ankle), center Landon Dickerson (knee) and left guard Evan Neal (groin) were all at practice, but somewhat limited after suffering injuries against Arkansas. 

Senior safety Jared Mayden (groin) and senior defensive back Shyheim Carter (knee) were both in their usual spots during individual drills.

Notably absent was redshirt junior tight end Miller Forristall, who will reportedly be out a while after suffering an injury to the throat area against the Razorbacks.  

Nick Saban told reporters on Monday that he doesn't have a "crystal ball" to predict how well Tagovailoa will recovery and bounce back from the surgery. However, Alabama is optimistic that he'll be ready to go next week. 

The junior quarterback suffered a high-ankle sprain during the second quarter of Alabama’s 35-13 victory over Tennessee on Oct. 19. At the time, he was 11-for-12 for 155 yards.

After enjoying some victory cigars with teammates, Tagovailoa had surgery the next day. 

The “tightrope” procedure designed to accelerate recovery and promote long-term stability in the ankle.

For example, then-left tackle Cam Robinson had it in 2014, and after the bye week was able to start the subsequent Saturday at LSU. Of course, the mobility is a little different for a quarterback.

Last year, Tagovailoa had surgery on his other ankle after suffering a sprain against Georgia in the SEC Championship Game. 

However, in that situation Alabama had nearly a month before facing Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl semifinal of the College Football Playoff.

Going into the Tennessee game, Tagovailoa was considered by oddsmakers to be the favorite for the Heisman Trophy. He’s completed 74.7 percent of his passes for 2,166 yards and 27 touchdowns, with two interceptions this season. 

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