Roach to Miss Most of Fall Camp

Alabama linebacker Freddie Roach's season is off to a bad start before it begins, but the second team preseason All-SEC pick will be back into the mix soon enough.

Freddie Roach said he had arthroscopic surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews on his right knee last Thursday, July 29 in Birmingham. Roach injured his MCL ligament in 2001, and his surgery Thursday was an extension of the previous injury. Roach has worn a brace on the knee for the past two seasons.

Roach will report with his teammates on August 9, he said. "I'll be at two-a-days, but I might not get to practice before (two-a-days) end. I just had some cartilage torn and the meniscus was hanging," Roach said. "It got to be bad where it was hard to walk and get around. I just wanted to go ahead and take care of it."

Roach's injury means that redshirt senior Cornelius Wortham will take all the snaps with the first-string defense, and will most likely be the starter for the Alabama's game with Utah State.

Roach said he might have to miss the opener against Utah State, but that his injury was nothing more serious. "We'll see how things go, but I doubt I will be 100 per cent by the first game."

While Roach might miss the first game, he said he will be ready to go when the Tide opens SEC play on September 11 versus Ole Miss.

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