Chris Black came to Alabama from Jacksonville, Fla., in time to participate in spring drills prior to the 2012 season and was considered to be at least the equal of his fellow freshman from Florida, Amari Cooper. In August of his freshman year he suffered a shoulder injury and was redshirted.
With Bama having lost three wide receivers from last season – Cooper, DeAndrew White, and Christion Jones – Black had been expected to see much action this season. Although he saw limited duty in six games, he had only two receptions for 23 yards – both against Louisiana Monroe.
Alabama Coach Nick Saban announced the loss of Black following practice Wednesday.
Saban said, “He has tried and tried and tried to compete for us all year long, and hasn't got to play a whole lot. Sometimes he felt better than others, but it's just been a nagging, reoccurring thing.
“We kind of all felt like the best that he could do is to go ahead and get it repaired because it was something that could be repaired. He made and we made that decision this week.
“He did everything he could for the team, he did everything he could to try to play. I know it was disappointing for him not to get to play more but it was a lot to do with not being at full speed all year long.”
Saban added that he didn’t yet know if Black would be able to return for spring practice. “I don’t think he’ll be able to return this season,” Saban added.
Prior to this year Black had played in 19 games with three starts. He had 23 receptions in two seasons for 267 yards and two touchdowns. His first Alabama catch came from Blake Sims in 2013 against Colorado State and Black turned it into a 14-yard touchdown.
He had played in six games this year, but did not play against LSU Saturday.
His only game with receptions this year came against Louisiana-Monroe, two catches for 23 yards.