Alabama senior and star defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand went down against Ole Miss after he was cut blocked pretty badly. The play is legal and Nick Saban even admitted as much, but it has become a technique that is highly frowned upon and considered dirty. Here is the play in question:
That looks like a really nasty injury and it looks like Hand will miss some time, but coach Saban expects him back in time for a game next month rather than in December or for a bowl game. The injury has been upgraded to just a sprain of the MCL rather than any sort of tear.
This report comes via Matt Zenitz from AL.com:
The senior defensive lineman, who suffered a knee injury during the Crimson Tide’s win over Ole Miss on Saturday, is expected to only miss about three games and could be back as soon as Alabama’s game against LSU Nov. 4, AL.com has learned.
That’s a pretty quick recovery and the way LSU has been playing, Saban may be able to rest Hand another week in that case. The Crimson Tide play Texas A&M, Arkansas and Tennessee before that showdown with LSU so Hand shouldn’t really be needed, but he will be missed.
[h/t Saturday Down South]