Saban gives injury updates on Byron Young, Jordan Battle, JoJo Earle – 247Sports

  • September 29, 2022

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama coach Nick Saban provided three injury updates Wednesday.
Following the third practice of Arkansas week, Saban was asked about two players that left the Vanderbilt game with injuries in defensive lineman Byron Young and safety Jordan Battle.
“Both guys practiced some today,” Saban said after Wednesday’s practice. “Hopefully, they’ll both be ready for the game, but it’s day to day. When you have these kinds of injuries, it’s always (about) how they feel the next day, so we’ll see how it goes tomorrow.”
Young appeared to be favoring his right foot or ankle late in the third quarter and needed help to the sideline from members of the Crimson Tide’s training staff. Following a lengthy stay inside of the medical tent, Young hopped on the back of a golf cart and rode to the locker room. He was later seen on the sideline, where he was out of uniform and using crutches.
A senior from Laurel, Miss., Young has played in every game of his career, filling a first-team role for Alabama since he was a freshman in 2018. He has started in all four games this season. On the year, Young has recorded nine tackles, two tackles for loss and half of a sack.
Battle appeared to be favoring his right hamstring late in the Vanderbilt game, too, but walked off the field under his own power before going into the sideline medical tent. Prior to leaving the game, Battle registered five tackles and helped limit the Commodores to 115 passing yards on 26 attempts. He was named a player of the week by the UA coaches Monday.
On the year, the senior safety has been responsible for 14 tackles from his safety position. The senior from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has appeared in every game of his collegiate career, as well, and is now entering his third year as a starter in the Crimson Tide defensive backfield.
The third player Saban provided an update on was sophomore wide receiver JoJo Earle, who suffered a fractured foot in early August but was able to do some dry-land running last week and went through warmups prior to the Vanderbilt game. When he initially revealed the news back on Aug. 10, Saban pointed to Oct. 1 as a possible return date for the wideout.
Is that still the case for this Saturday’s road game at Arkansas (2:30 p.m. CT on CBS)?
“He’s practiced this week,” Saban said of Earle. “But again, everything is day to day with these guys that are coming off injuries. It’s not always about just what they were able to do today, but how does it affect tomorrow. So we’ll see how he is on a day-to-day basis and have to make a decision about that tomorrow.” 

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