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Two significant injuries to... wait for it... the linebacking corps.

Christopher Allen is carted off the field in the second quarter.
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Alabama celebrates the 44-13 thrashing of the 14th ranked Miami Hurricanes Sunday morning. However, the victory came at a cost.

CHRISTOPHER ALLEN - The redshirt senior went down early in the game after making a huge second quarter sack on Miami quarterback D’Eriq King and forcing a fumble that was recovered by Phidarian Mathis. But joy turned to sorrow as the Sam linebacker had to be helped off the field.

Allen had sustained a foot injury and was carted to the locker room after some time in the medical tent. He was later spotted on the sideline on crutches. Saban noted “Chris Allen’s got a pretty significant foot injury, and we’ll further evaluate it. But it looks like he may be lost for the season.”

Allen already had two tackles and an assist at that point and was dominating. He was ably replaced in the game by sophomore Drew Sanders who tallied two solos and four assists. He will be backed by Chris Braswell (two assists) and true freshman Dallas Turner (no stats), who both saw extensive field time against the ‘Canes on Saturday.

HENRY TO’O TO’O - The prognosis is better for the Tide’s Mike linebacker. The junior went down in the third quarter after colliding with Miami running back Donald Chaney (side rant: this tackling form and injury was caused because of the fear of being called for targeting). Thankfully, To’o To’o was treated in the medical tent and did not need further examination in the locker room. He emerged from the tent with a brace on his right elbow and rejoined the rest of the team on the bench.

Saban told reporters after the game “Henry hurt his elbow, but he’ll be OK.”

In the absence of To’o To’o, Alabama turned to Jaylen Moody who played well. To’o To’o totaled one solo and six assists, including denying King on the goal line stand. Moody had an assist and the first interception of his Alabama career.

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Others - Saban: “I don’t think anybody else has got a significant injury. We’ve got some guys beat up, we’ve got some guys that got cramps, we’ve got some guys who needed IVs, but I don’t think we have anybody else that is serious in terms of a long-term injury.”

“Hopefully, we’ll get some guys back,” Saban continued. “Damieon George, an offensive lineman. Hopefully LaBryan Ray will be able to come back. I think DeMarcco Hellams will be able to come back. So I think we’re hopeful that we’ll get some guys back that we dressed today but they couldn’t play, they weren’t ready to play. Hopefully they’ll be ready to play. They actually warmed up, went through pregame warmups, but it was by design that we would not play them today, and hopefully they’ll be ready for next week.”

Mercer is next on the schedule for the Crimson Tide which will give players a chance to heal their bumps and bruises.