Carson Tinker – one of the most well-known long snappers to ever come through Tuscaloosa – suffered a season-ending injury earlier this week. The Jacksonville Jaguar was originally reported to be limping up after a drill during Fall camp:
Carson Tinker comes up limping after a special teams drill. Speaking to medical staff. Helped to his feet. #Jaguars
— Mike Kaye (@mike_e_kaye) August 2, 2017
After being evaluated by team doctors, the injury was diagnosed as a torn anterior cruciate ligament – more commonly known as an ACL. Per usual with this kind of injury, he is expected to miss the 2017-18 season after he undergoes surgery.
— Tad Dickman (@TDickman89) August 3, 2017
On April 27th, 2011, F-5 tornadoes ripped through the city of Tuscaloosa, compiling victims and flattening almost everything in its path. Unfortunately, one of those victims was Tinker’s girlfriend, who was said to have been pulled out of his grasp by the storm. Upon graduating from the University of Alabama in 2014, Tinker released a book titled A Season to Remember. In it, he detailed the traumatic events that took place before, during, and after that horrific day in April. He went on to accept the Disney Spirit Award, given to he and his teammates for the way they responded and the difference they each made in the community afterwards.
Carson Tinker will never be forgotten in T-Town. We all wish him the best of luck, and a speedy recovery.