It has been a rough start for the Alabama Crimson Tide against Tennessee. Not because of the score or allowing offensive success to the Vols. It’s because star wide receiver Jaylen Waddle was hurt on the opening kickoff.
We are unsure of the severity of the injury at this time, but it is a lower-body injury that looks to be an ankle. We do know, however, that Waddle is heading back to the locker room, which is never a good sign.
David Chao, MD — also known as ProFootballDoc — weighed in with a video diagnosis that is not encouraging.
“By video, I’d say that this is a right ankle fracture dislocation,” Chao said. “In many ways similar to Dak Prescott but unlikely to be an open injury like Dak which was thru the skin. Surgery and end of season.
“Fortunately he is only a junior and still could be drafted by NFL team if he came out this year, but might affect his draft stock. his other choice is to return for his senior season and prove his ankle is 100%.”
Waddle being taken back to the locker room assisted by trainers.
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Alabama ultimately ended up punting on ensuing drive, but that is the least of the Crimson Tide’s worries.
Waddle is a major part of Alabama’s top-ranking offense. On the reason, he’s hauled in 25 catches or 557 yards and four touchdowns. His 22.28 yards per catch ranks third in the conference. During his career, he has 103 receptions for 1,965 yards (19.1 yards per catch) and 17 touchdowns despite sharing duties with other elite receivers.
He’s also a dynamic return man. Whether it’s kickoff or punt returns, Waddle is electric and capable of making game-changing plays.
Stay tuned for updates on this story.
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