Bama Football Injuries: Tide Still Has 3 Starters Questionable for SEC Title Game Vs. Georgia

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No. 3 Alabama could be without leading rusher Brian Robinson Jr., starting center Darrian Dalcourt and starting cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis for the SEC Championship Game Saturday (3 p.m. central, CBS) against No. 1 Georgia in Atlanta.

Robinson (lower pulled muscle) and Dalcourt (ankle) left the Crimson Tide’s win at Auburn Saturday and did not return, and Armour-Davis (hip) did not play. All three have been limited at practices this week. The Tide (11-1, 7-1) is a touchdown underdog to the Bulldogs (12-0, 8-0).

Robinson was injured on a 37-yard run in the fourth quarter that set up a field goal to get the Tide within 10-3 before tying it 10-10 and winning it in four overtimes, 24-22.

“We’re doing some things with him today in practice and see how he responds,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said on a teleconference Thursday. “So it’s going to be day to day. We’ll just have to see how it goes.”

Robinson, a senior from Tuscaloosa, is third in the SEC in rushing with 1,016 yards on 207 carries and 14 touchdowns. He gained 71 yards on 16 carries at Auburn and caught three passes for 29 yards. If he can’t play, he’ll likely be replaced by sophomore Trey Sanders, who has 248 yards rushing on 50 carries this season with two touchdowns. He rushed 10 times for 23 yards and caught two passes for 12.

“Pretty much the same situation that B. Rob’s in,” Saban said of Dalcourt, a junior. “He’s been able to practice on a limited basis. We’ll see what he can do today, how he responds to it. And it’s going to be a day-to-day situation as well.”

Dalcourt did not play in the second half at Auburn as Saban juggled the offensive line.

Armour-Davis will not play unless he can return to full speed as he is a cornerback, Saban said.

“But we’re still going to sort of look at him on a day-to-day basis, too, and see how he progresses,” he said.

Freshman wide receiver/punt returner JoJo Earle is also questionable with a leg injury.

“JoJo is making progress,” Saban said. “I don’t think enough to be able to play in the game at this point, but probably will be back sometime shortly.”

Earle has returned 14 punts for 95 yards and has caught 12 passes for 148 yards in 10 games.

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Written by Glenn Guilbeau

Guilbeau joined OutKick as an SEC columnist in September of 2021 after covering LSU and the Saints for 17 years at USA TODAY Louisiana. He has been a national columnist/feature writer since the summer of 2022, covering college football, basketball and baseball with some NFL, NBA, MLB, TV and Movies and general assignment, including hot dog taste tests.

A New Orleans native and Mizzou graduate, he has consistently won Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) and Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) awards since covering Alabama and Auburn at the Mobile Press-Register (1993-98) and LSU and the Saints at the Baton Rouge Advocate (1998-2004). In 2021, Guilbeau won an FWAA 1st for a game feature, placed in APSE Beat Writing, Breaking News and Explanatory, and won Beat Writer of the Year from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA). He won an FWAA columnist 1st in 2017 and was FWAA's top overall winner in 2016 with 1st in game story, 2nd in columns, and features honorable mention.

Guilbeau completed a book in 2022 about LSU's five-time national champion coach - "Everything Matters In Baseball: The Skip Bertman Story" - that is available at, and Barnes & Noble outlets. He lives in Baton Rouge with his wife, the former Michelle Millhollon of Thibodaux who previously covered politics for the Baton Rouge Advocate and is a communications director.

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