Alabama head coach Nick Saban had unfortunate news to share surrounding linebacker Christopher Allen on Monday.
Allen left Alabama’s season opener versus Miami last Saturday with an injury. The Crimson Tide linebacker went down with an injury after strip-sacking Miami’s D’Eriq King in the second quarter. He was eventually carted off the field and taken to the locker room.
Now almost 48 hours later, Saban had new information to share Monday afternoon. Allen suffered a foot fracture on Saturday. He will require surgery because of it and will most likely miss the rest of the 2021 season.
It’s an unfortunate setback for one of Alabama’s most important defensive players.
Saban: Chris Allen has a foot fracture that will require surgery and he’s most likely out for year.
— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) September 6, 2021
The Alabama defense will now turn to Drew Sanders to replace Chris Allen. Sanders is a five-star prospect out of the 2020 cycle.
“We have confidence in Drew,” Saban said on Saturday, via AL.com. “And we have a couple of other young players that are gonna have to — you know, Dallas Turner — and some of the young players we have are gonna have an opportunity to play now at that position, as well.”
Luckily, Nick Saban’s recruiting efforts continue to pay dividends. Alabama shouldn’t have too big an issue replacing Allen.
The Crimson Tide get back to work this week in preparation for their Saturday game against Mercer. That should serve as an important tune-up ahead of the Alabama-Florida game on Sept. 18.