DeAndrew White, Jarrick Williams Are Injured

Alabama’s 33-23 win over West Virginia at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta Saturday came with a price. Two Crimson Tide starters suffered injuries that will keep them out of upcoming games.

Alabama Coach Nick Saban said that senior wide receiver DeAndrew White’s shoulder injury was worse than originally suspected and that senior nickel back Jarrick Williams had suffered a broken foot that will keep him out of action for about a month.

At the conclusion of the game, Saban had suggested that White would miss about a week. On Monday, the Bama coach said the 6-0, 192-pound three-year letterman from Houston would be out “probably two weeks and see how it goes from there.”

White had six catches for 73 yards, including a nifty run with a short pass that resulted in a 38-yard gain, the longest pass play of the game against West Virginia.

Williams, a 6-1, 215-pound three-year letterman from Mobile, was the only defensive starter for Bama against West Virginia who had also been a starter in last year’s Alabama season opener.

Saban said, “Jarrick Williams had a Jones fracture in his foot, which I didn't know anything about after the game. He said his foot was hurt. He actually finished the game. They put a screw in it Sunday and he'll be four weeks for sure and then we'll have to see where he goes from there.”

Williams was in on three tackles against West Virginia.

Chris Black, who had one reception for eight yards, replaced White in the Tide lineup Saturday.

As for who might fill in for Williams, Saban said, Geno Smith played that spot during the game and has played it in the past. Maurice Smith plays it.”

Saban said that Eddie Jackson, who started at times last year as a true freshman at cornerback, continues to make great progress from his April ACL surgery and the Tide coach is considering Jackson as a possible star (Bama’s name for nickel back).

Saban said that practice time limitations prevented Jackson from getting many practice repetitions in fall camp, but that he would start to get more practice time. Eddie Jackson, we're going to probably start investing some reps in Eddie Jackson this week.

Saban said Jackson thinks he can play and that he has been medically cleared to play.

“We’ll decide later in the week whether we think he’s okay to go,” Saban said.


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