Junior Tyrone Prothro was first spotted by the Alabama receiving corps when he showed up at Bama's Wednesday practice. Alabama Head Coach Mike Shula said, "We're excited for him. He came to practice today for a little while and it gave the team a lift. I'm sure he was glad to be out of the hospital and I know he was able to be out here. And we were glad to see him."
Shula said that there were "a couple of pauses" in practice that enabled Prothro's teammates to "kind of migrate over there."
Shula said that Prothro would be able to stay in Tuscaloosa to "continue his rehabilitation." He said that Prothro remained enrolled at The University, and added "We have a good plan for him academically."
Shula said that Prothro will "have a long haul" in his recovery. "You just have to take it one day at a time," Shula said. "You don't want to try to do anything more than what the doctors say."
Prothro, who was having an all-star season, suffered an open comminuted fracture of his left tibia and fibula in the fourth quarter of Alabama's 31-3 win ovr Florida on October 2. He underwent emergency surgery that night to stabilize the fracture. According to the surgeon, Dr. Les Fowler, "During the post-operative period, he developed an infection, secondary to bacterial contamination at the time of his injury. He did not develop a staph infection." Fowler also said that "aggressive treatment and antibiotic for the infection...appear to have been successful."
Although there are hopes that Prothro will be able to participate in spring practice, which begins in mid-February, it is expected that he will be ready by fall camp next August.