Jaylen Waddle injury update
A day after Alabama receiver DeVonta Smith was called as the Heisman Prize winner, the Crimson Tide seems collecting favorable momentum towards restoring another vibrant wideout into its offense. Star receiver Jaylen Waddle went back to practice Tuesday for the very first time considering that fracturing his ankle throughout a kick return versus Tennessee on Oct. 24.
Waddle’s status is unidentified for Alabama’s championship game video game match versus Ohio State next week. Nevertheless, according to his colleagues, the playmaker is off to an appealing start in practice.
“I think he’s getting back into it,” Smith stated of Waddle. “Of course, he’s going to take some time just for him to get back comfortable with everything, but he looks good to me.”
Prior to suffering his injury on the opening kickoff versus Tennessee, Waddle tape-recorded 25 receptions for 557 lawns and 4 goals over 4 complete video games. The 5-foot-10, 182-pounder was Alabama’s starter at slot receiver and likewise returned punts and kickoffs. He has actually considering that been changed by Slade Bolden at slot receiver while Smith has actually managed punts and tight end Jahleel Billingsley has actually handled the kick return function.
Even without Waddle, Alabama ranks in the leading 10 in scoring offense (48.2 points per video game), overall offense (535 lawns per video game) and passing offense (349.3 ypg). While Alabama gamers were shy to discuss the possibilities of getting the star receiver back in time for next week’s match versus Ohio State, the idea of reinserting the star receiver into a currently historical offense is quite luring.
“It would be really cool,” quarterback Mac Jones stated. “Jaylen has worked really hard to get back on the field and I know he wants nothing more than to play, but I think they’re just going to make that decision downstairs. But it’s his choice, and I feel like in watching him, he looks really good out there. So we’ll see what happens.”
Included receiver John Metchie III: “I think everyone knows what he brings and what that brings when he’s on the field to the defense, how they look at that, how dynamic our offense is.”
Tuesday, Alabama head coach Nick Saban informed ESPN that Waddle had actually been cleared to practice today and might potentially play in next week’s College Football Playoff Championship Game Video Game.
“He’s been running, but we need to see him in practice,” Saban stated. “Our medical people will evaluate him as the week goes on and make a decision from there. He wants to play and has been working hard to get back.”
Waddle’s schedule next week will depend upon how comfy he feels on his ankle heading into the video game. The junior is considered a most likely first-round choice in this year’s NFL draft. ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. has him ranked as the No. 8 total gamer in his newest ranking of NFL potential customers.
Alabama will play Ohio State for the nationwide title on Monday at 7 p.m. CT within Acid Rock Arena in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.