On the LaBryan Ray front, there was a negative development that surfaced Wednesday as well as a potentially promising one as well.
Nick Saban confirmed earlier this week that LaBryan suffered an unspecified foot/ankle injury in Alabama’s Week 3 win over South Carolina and would be sidelined indefinitely. A couple of days later, al.com is reporting that the junior defensive end has undergone surgery to repair the unspecified damage and will be sidelined “for a significant period of time.”
However, the same website, citing sources, writes that “there is a chance the junior could return later in the season and maybe even in time for the Crimson Tide’s game against LSU in early November.”
Such a timeline would mean LaBryan would miss, at the very least, the next five games. That stretch includes conference home dates against Ole Miss (Sept. 28), Tennessee (Oct. 19) and Arkansas (Oct. 26) as well as a road trip to College Station Oct. 12 to face No. 17 Texas A&M. Following a bye weekend after the Arkansas game, Alabama plays host to No. 4 LSU Nov. 9.
Obviously, he’ll miss this weekend’ game against Southern Miss as well.
Ray, a five-star 2017 signee, saw his true freshman season truncated by a foot injury. After being named third-team preseason All-SEC over the summer, Ray had nine tackles and a sack prior to his injury.