Alabama quarterback Bryce Young exited the Crimson Tide’s, 49-26, win over Arkansas with a right shoulder injury Saturday.
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Young exited the game, went to the injury tent and then the locker room before returning with his teammates after halftime. While the reigning Heisman Trophy winner did not return to the game, he had his helmet on during the second half.
Alabama coach Nick Saban said Young has an AC sprain in his shoulder and expressed optimism for the quarterback’s short term future postgame.
“We’ll have to take it day-to-day,” Saban said. “I think he’s okay.”
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While Young had his helmet on the sideline, Saban said he didn’t believe Young could come back in to play the second half.
Arkansas cut Alabama’s 28-0 lead to 28-23 at the end of the third quarter before the Crimson Tide dominated the fourth quarter to coast to the victory.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Jalen Milroe completed four-of-nine passes 173 yards, one touchdown and one interception while rushing 91 yards and another touchdown. Milroe’s 77 yard run on third-and-15 started the Crimson Tide’s fourth quarter onslaught.
“There are things that Jalen does well,” Saban said of Milroe. “We practice some of those things. If he has to play, we’ll practice them more. I thought he did a good job of managing the game today and gave our team a chance to win.”
Alabama hosts Texas A&M next week before traveling to Knoxville to face Tennessee on the Third Saturday of October. The 8th-ranked Vols are looking for their first win over Alabama since 2006.