Shortly following Alabama’s 44-13 win over Miami, head coach Nick Saban took to the podium and provided a full injury update to the media.
The Crimson Tide had a number of players banged up throughout the game as well as leading into it and Saban shed some light on where the team currently stands.
The injury everyone was wondering about was the one suffered by outside linebacker Christopher Allen who left the game in the second quarter with a right foot injury, and Saban informed the media that the worst may need to be expected.
“Chris Allen, has a pretty significant foot injury,” Saban said. “They’ll further evaluate, may be lost for the season.”
Replacing Allen was sophomore Drew Sanders who played the remainder of the game against the Hurricanes. Sanders finished the game with six tackles which was third most on the team.
Middle linebacker Henry To’oto’o left the game with an elbow injury but Saban said the Tennessee transfer should be ok for the team’s next game, along with other players like defensive back Brian Branch.
“Henry hurt his elbow, but he’ll be okay,” Saban said. “I don’t think anybody else has got a significant injury. Got some guys beat up, got some guys that got cramps. We got some guys that needed IVs. But I don’t think we have anybody else that is serious in terms of a long term injury”
Coming into the game defensive lineman LaBryan Ray and safety DeMarcco Hellams were both hampered with injuries but warmed up with the team today. Neither of the two got in the game, but Saban said this was by design and the team is hopeful both will be back on the field soon.
“Hopefully, we’ll get some guys back,” Saban said. “Damieon George, an offensive lineman. Hopefully Labryan Ray will be able to come back. I think Demarcco Hellams will be able to come back. “So I think we are hopeful that we’ll get some guys back. But they dressed today, but they couldn’t play. They weren’t ready to play. And hopefully they’ll be ready.
“They actually warmed up and went through pregame warm up. But it was by design that we wouldn’t play them today. And hopefully they’ll be ready for next week.”
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