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Tua Tagovailoa undergoes medical recheck with 'overwhelmingly positive' results

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Tua ready to contribute as a rookie (1:58)

Tua Tagovailoa talks about the challenges of communicating with teams remotely and says he feels ready to contribute to a team as a rookie. (1:58)

Tua Tagovailoa underwent a voluntary medical recheck Thursday that was facilitated by the NFL combine, and the results of the comprehensive exam "were overwhelmingly positive," the quarterback's representatives told ESPN's Laura Rutledge and NFL Network.

The recheck was performed by Tennessee Titans team doctor Thomas Byrd in Nashville, where Tagovailoa has been training, a source told Rutledge.

Byrd was chosen by NFL team physicians, and all 32 team doctors and trainers were allowed to give input on the type of exams they wanted done, the reps told ESPN.

The results were shared with all 32 teams, the reps said.

Byrd is one of the premier hip specialists in the world and has done many hip surgeries on NFL players. The doctor also received the scan that Tagovailoa had about a month ago to use for comparison as part of the evaluation.

Tagovailoa suffered a posterior wall fracture and dislocated hip and underwent surgery in November. During an interview with ESPN's SportsCenter on Wednesday, he said, "I'm 100 percent right now" and that he was "ready to go."

He said he believed he could play as a rookie if called to do so.

"I feel like if I had to go out there and perform the same way I did my sophomore year and my junior year, being 100% healthy, I feel like I'd be able to go out there and do that," he said.

Tagovailoa recently released on his social media page several clips of him practicing, giving the first recent glimpse at the former Alabama quarterback. He was a Heisman Trophy finalist as a sophomore and threw for 33 touchdowns and three interceptions as a junior before suffering a season-ending injury Nov. 16 against Mississippi State.

The ensuing surgery was the second last season for Tagovailoa. He had surgery on his right ankle Oct. 20, a day after he was injured in the Crimson Tide's 35-13 victory over Tennessee.