Hudson to Undergo Surgery

Alabama's star running back Ray Hudson, who was injured when he took a hit in his right knee Saturday against Kentucky, will have surgery in Birmingham on Tuesday.

Ray Hudson said tests showed he suffered severely damage cartilage and a fractured tibia, but did not show damage to his posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) or anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). He also said, however, that movement tests conducted by team doctors indicated that there might be ligament damage.

Hudson said that Dr. James Andrews would "scope" (arthroscopic surgery) his knee Tuesday, and check for ligament damage at that time.

Due to the fracture and the severity of the cartilage damage, however, Hudson said his return to the field for Alabama was in question.

"If I could make it back for the last game of the season I'd be happy," he said. "I was telling somebody just a minute ago that I've had a long career here, but it's been short at the same time."

Hudson, a senior, earned his first start in Alabama's second game of the season against Ole Miss and had started every game since for the Tide. Hudson has 92 carries on the year for 638 yards and four touchdowns. He currently ranks second in the Southeastern Conference with 106.3 rushing yards and 119.3 all-purpose yards per game.

Hudson is also Alabama's leader in receptions with 10 catches for 78 yards and one touchdown in 2004.


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