TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football coach Nick Saban provided an injury update on multiple Crimson Tide defenders following the team’s 24-10 win over LSU on Saturday.
Both linebackers Mack Wilson and Shaun Dion Hamilton were knocked out of the game.
Saban called the LSU game a “costly win” because Wilson and Hamilton are both “probably out.” Wilson suffered a foot injury while Hamilton had a knee injury.
Wilson left in the first half, and did not return. He had to be carted to the locker room. Hamilton was lost in the third quarter. Hamilton rolled around on the field, in noticeable pain. He threw his helmet off in disgust. Hamilton walked to the locker room with a slight limp, but was visibly upset. Hamilton had 3 tackles and a pass breakup.
Defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand (MCL) returned to action after missing the last three games. He was spotted limping on the sideline at one point.
Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick was knocked out twice in the first quarter, but managed to return in a situational role. He came back and contributed a half sack at one point.
Fitzpatrick suffered a hamstring injury. Saban said the team will have an MRI on Fitzpatrick Sunday, but doesn’t expect it to be serious. Fitzpatrick played in Alabama’s dime package.
The first sidelining of Fitzpatrick came after he broke up a long pass from LSU quarterback Danny Etling. Fitzpatrick appeared to injury his leg.
Fitzpatrick limped off the field and into Alabama’s medical tent. He wasn’t out long, and returned for Alabama’s next defensive possession.
Fitzpatrick was knocked out again soon after. An LSU player attempted to hurdle Fitzpatrick. It was unclear what left Fitzpatrick sidelined the second time as he entered the tent again.
Fitzpatrick attempted to return to the game, but was stopped by Alabama’s training staff.
At one point, Fitzpatrick walked over to the fan area and received a hug and a talk from his parents.
Fitzpatrick tried to return to the game multiple times. At one point, he was spotted talking to Saban, likely pleading his case for why he should return.
Fitzpatrick was replaced by Tony Brown at the Star position in Alabama’s nickel package. That left freshman Daniel Wright to come in as the sixth defensive back.
Other players like Tony Brown, Jamey Mosley and Mekhi Brown visited Alabama’s medical tent at one point in the contest.
Alabama plays at Mississippi State next Saturday.
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