Alabama's already-questionable linebacker corps just took another major hit.
Crimson Tide first-team LB Joshua McMillan is likely out for the season with a knee injury which he suffered in practice. McMillan suffered the injury in a scrimmage on Saturday, and had been practicing with the starters. Now, Nick Saban and Co. will have to look elsewhere to fill that role.
Alabama first-team inside linebacker Josh McMillon, who suffered a knee injury during the team's scrimmage yesterday, is likely out for the season, according to sources.— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) August 12, 2019
Seems like there's a small chance he could return late in the year.https://t.co/vMANOnSmd8
Saban commented on the injury Saturday after practice, hinting that they viewed it as a serious issue. Turns out he was right, much to the chagrin of McMillon.
“Probably the guy that’s most concerning they have to do some research on is Josh McMillon today with a potential knee injury,” Saban said. “We’ll have to see what that is.”
With McMillon out long-term, Alabama will turn to the likes of Markail Benton, Jaylen Moody, Ale Kaho and Shane Lee to fill the void, likely by committee at first. Benton seems to be the most likely option, as the now-sophomore spent some time in the LB rotation last season in Tuscaloosa.
Nonetheless, this is another major loss for a Crimson Tide team which is seeing major contributors drop like flies just weeks before the start of the season.