STARKVILLE, Miss. – Social media is a wild place.

If you took a quick peek at Twitter or Facebook in the late stages of the first half of Alabama’s game against Mississippi State on Saturday you’d have noticed a spike in activity.

The buzz centered around Tua Tagovailoa, who exited the game with just under three minutes remaining until halftime with Alabama up comfortably 35-7.

The Alabama quarterback, visibly limping and with a bloody face, left the field on a cart for X-rays.

The bevy of online activity was filled with opinions of whether or not Tagovailoa should have even been in the game.

Tagovailoa had tightrope surgery on his ankle three weeks ago, but head coach Nick Saban told ESPN sideline reporter Molly McGrath at halftime that the Crimson Tide quarterback had “hurt his hip. I don’t know anything more about that. That was going to be his last series. We were going to put Tua in for a 2-minute drill before half just for practice.”