Alabama’s latest win has come with a steep defensive cost.
According to reports from both 247Sports.com and al.com, Shaun Dion Hamilton sustained a fractured right kneecap during No. 2 Alabama’s win over LSU Saturday night. Sources told the latter website that the senior linebacker underwent surgery Sunday to repair the damage.
As a result of the injury, Hamilton will miss the remainder of the 2017 season, presumably including the postseason. And, as this is the player’s final season of eligibility, the collegiate portion of his playing career would be over as well.
As of this posting, the football program hasn’t publicly addressed Hamilton’s status moving forward.
This would mark the second straight season in which injury ended Hamilton’s season prematurely. During the SEC championship game last season, Hamilton suffered a torn ACL in the same knee and missed the Crimson Tide’s playoff run.
Hamilton has started every game the past two seasons in which he wasn’t injured. This year, he’s second on the team in tackles and was recently named a semifinalist for the Butkus Award.