No. 1 Alabama’s sixth-straight win to start the 2012 season was and will continue to be, at least for the short-term, tinged with uncertainty as it pertains to a key piece of the Tide’s offensive puzzle.
In the third quarter of the 42-10 romp over Missouri, starting quarterback AJ McCarron went down with a knee injury. After being tended to on the field by UA medical personnel for several minutes, he walked off the field under his own power. He briefly returned to the game with a hefty brace before head coach Nick Saban emptied his roster in the fourth quarter.
Following the game, Saban said the program is “hopeful that he won’t have issues and he’ll be able to play in the future.” He added that the team physician Dr. Lyle Cain “wants to take a look at it in 24 hours and see where we’re at” as to the actual severity of the injury.
While they may certainly give some pause as to the actual extent of the injury, the fact that the doctor allowed McCarron back into what was at the time a 28-10 game bodes well for the extended prognosis.
“He said he could play, he was able to go back in the game and AJ wanted to go back in the game,” Saban said. “As long as the doctor said it was OK for him to go back in the game, I was OK with him going back in the game.
“(We were) certainly not to where you get concerned about ‘is this game over?’ because they’re one score away from getting back in the game.”
One of the more underrated storylines heading into Week 6 continued its tack of uncertainty Tuesday.
During the first quarter of Florida State’s win over Wake Forest this past Saturday, Dalvin Cook tweaked his hamstring and didn’t return to the contest. The sophomore running back was initially labeled as day-to-day for this weekend’s game against Miami, and that hasn’t changed as Jimbo Fisher reaffirmed that Cook’s status for the in-state rivalry game remains up in the air.
“We’ll keep waiting,” the head coach said, adding that, because of Cook’s knowledge of the offense, he could sit out of practice the entire week and still take the field against the Hurricanes.
“He knows what to do, you can keep him healthy and do that there’s no doubt about that,” Fisher said.
Cook is far and away FSU’s leading rusher, with his 142.5 yards per game good for eight in the country and his six rushing touchdowns tied for 20th. The Seminoles’ No. 2 rusher, Mario Pender, is still dealing with the aftereffects of a collapsed lung that will sideline him for at least another week.
Oklahoma State’s defense has taken what will likely prove to be a very significant and impactful blow.
On Twitter as well as Instagram late Tuesday night, Ryan Simmons announced that he “recently tore my MCL & PCL which will require surgery.” As a result, Simmons, who was injured in the Week 5 win over Kansas State, will miss the remainder of the 2015 season, even as OSU has yet to officially confirm the linebacker’s status moving forward.
Because Simmons is a senior, and this is his final season of eligibility, the end of his 2015 season would also mean the end of his collegiate career.
Simmons has started the last 31 games for the Cowboys. He was second on the team in tackles last season, and his 26 career tackles for loss makes him OSU’s active leader in that category as well.
On his official bio, it’s written that Simmons is “[o]ne of the unquestioned leaders of the team, both on and off the field.”