Alabama’s Robert Foster Out With Injury

When one thinks of Alabama’s quarterbacks passing against Ole Miss last Saturday night, the thought is probably more of the three interceptions than than the 32 completions or the 23 incompletions.

One of those incompletions, though, could have serious consequences for Alabama football. Sophomore wide receiver Robert Foster, who had begun to emerge as a dangerous weapon for the rebuilt receiving corps, suffered a serious shoulder injury that requires surgery and will keep him out “for a while,” Coach Nick Saban announced Monday.

Foster was diving for a pass thrown by Jacob Coker on the first series in which Coker entered the game. Foster took himself out of the game after taking a hart hit on the turf and after the game the Monaca, Penn., native was seen with his arm in a sling and an icepack on his shoulder.

Robert Foster is going to be out,” Alabama Coach Nick Saban said Monday. “I didn't think this was going to be this big of a problem but he got a shoulder injury that will require shoulder surgery so he is out.”

How long Will Foster be out, the coach was asked.

Saban said, "He's having surgery, so unless he has a miraculous recovery, he's going to be out for a while. I'm not the doctor. I can't tell you that. He's out for a while."

Saban did address the issue of who might replace Foster, who has 10 receptions for 116 yards and two touchdowns this year. The coach said, “Calfin Ridley played a lot in the game and took his place and he has done a really nice job. We're going to give lots of opportunities to lots of guys, but there are going to be some young players who get the opportunities. Richard Mullaney is certainly playing very well. We have to get Ardarius Stewart playing with more consistency. He has the capability of making big plays and he has made some plays, but we certainly need some of our young players to show some progress so they can play. I think Cam Sims is probably more ready to come back and we're probably ready to give him some work as well."

aban also announced that deep snapper Cole Mazza is out for medical reasons. “When he can return, he'll be back on the team,” Saban said.

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