Alabama outside linebacker Christopher Allen is most likely out for the season after fracturing his foot in his team’s 44-13 win over Miami this past Saturday in Atlanta.
Allen, who led the SEC in tackles for loss and earned second-team All-SEC honors in 2020, needs surgery. He finished last year with 37 tackles, 13 TFL’s, six sacks, five QB hurries, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
“He is probably out for the year,” Alabama HC Nick Saban said on Monday.
Sophomore Drew Sanders filled in for Allen against the Hurricanes and contributed six tackles. Sanders, a second-year freshman, had nine tackles in 12 games last year.
Before going down with the injury, Allen had three tackles, one sack and one forced fumble. In 2019, Allen was limited to only five games, but he produced 11 tackles, 4.5 TFL’s and 0.5 sacks.
Alabama hosts Mercer on Saturday. The line probably won’t be released until late Thursday or by lunch on Friday. In Week 3, Bryce Young will make his first career road start at The Swamp against the Gators, who gave last year’s national champs their toughest test in Atlanta at the SEC Championship Game.