It appears Alabama’s first bye week is coming at a most opportune time.
At the end of a third-quarter scramble in the Tide’s win over Florida, Blake Sims landed awkwardly and injured his right (throwing) shoulder. The starting quarterback was taken to the locker room for further examination but subsequently returned to both the sidelines and the game.
Following the win, Sims attempted to downplay the severity of the injury.
“It’s very fine,” Sims said. “Just a little bruised. I’m going to get with the training staff and try to get better and let the team know I’m good. I’m going to come out against Ole Miss (Oct. 4) and try to win the game. …
“I’ll be all right. I’m going to get with the training staff and ice it, ice it, ice it.”
Sims’ head coach, though, said the off weekend will prove to be beneficial for Sims as it appears the player will be somewhat limited this week in practice.
“It will probably be something that’s sore for him for a while,” said Nick Saban. “Hopefully that second week he’ll be able to get back to normal in practice.”
Sims, incidentally, suffered the injury in the midst of one of the greatest passing performances in school history.
His 445 yards were the second-most in school history, behind only Scott Hunter’s 484 in a 1969 loss over Auburn. It was also just the second 400-yard game ever for a Tide quarterback.
A whopping 272 yards of that total came in the first quarter alone, while 202 for the game — and three of his four passing touchdowns to boot — went to stud wide receiver Amari Cooper.
Speaking of Cooper, and while we’re here, Cooper had 45 receptions for 736 yards and four touchdowns last season in 12 games played. This season, and through four games, Cooper has 43 catches for 655 yards and five touchdowns.