The injury that Barrett Jones suffered in the SEC Championship Game was portrayed for five weeks as a sprained foot. It turns out that wasn’t quite the case. In second-ranked Alabama’s 42-14 victory over top-ranked Notre Dame, Jones played Monday night with torn ligaments in his left foot.
Alabama center Barrett Jones will have surgery Wednesday to repair several torn ligaments in his foot. Thought initially to be just a sprain, Jones said that the injury will keep him away from football for 3-4 months.
Injured players aren’t made available to members of the news media often at Alabama, but senior center Barrett Jones and the Crimson Tide’s other two permanent captains visited with reporters Tuesday evening. This was after the first practice of the postseason. It was a practice in which Jones did not participate. Unless you call riding a stationary bike participating.
Alabama starting center Barrett Jones will be held out of practice for the next week while he nurses a sprained foot, according to coach Nick Saban. Doctors will reevaluate Jones when he returns from Christmas break on Dec. 27. Jones rode a stationary bicycle with a cast on his left foot during Tuesday’s practice and is “day to day,” according to Saban. Ryan Kelly took snaps with the first-team offense in Jones’ absence.
Senior center Barrett Jones will be on the sidelines for at least Alabama’s first five postseason practices, Alabama coach Nick Saban said after Tuesday’s practice. Jones is sidelined with a foot injury that he suffered in the first quarter of the SEC Championship Game. He played the whole game but was on crutches afterward. Jones, the winner of the 2012 Rimington Trophy as the nation’s top center, had his left foot in a cast Tuesday and was in a black non-contact jersey while he pedaled a stationary bike.
A knee injury that Jesse Williams suffered in the third quarter of the SEC Championship Game didn’t knock him out of the game for good. The Alabama football team’s senior nose guard was back in the game in the fourth quarter.
You might have read about this already in the practice report, posted a short time ago. Now, in this video, see for yourself. Star center Barrett Jones (75) is among four Alabama players in black non-contact jerseys who were pedaling stationary bikes at the beginning of the team’s first postseason practice Tuesday.
Alabama wide receiver Kenny Bell’s problem was a broken leg. The solution was surgery, which he had Sunday to ultimately end his 2012 season. As it heads into Saturday’s SEC Championship against Georgia, the Crimson Tide’s problem is figuring out how to replace the speedy, big-play threat. The solution is slightly more complicated.