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Nick Saban Announces Alabama 5-Star Linebacker Tore His ACL

Multiple Alabama football helmets laying on the ground.

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 08: Alabama Crimson Tide helmets lay on the ground with in confetti after the game against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Alabama won 26-23. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Alabama head coach Nick Saban shared some tough injury news while speaking to reporters this afternoon. One of the Crimson Tide's top defenders has suffered a serious injury.

Saban revealed to reporters that Alabama linebacker Terrell Lewis suffered a torn ACL in his right knee. The injury occurred while training last week.

A timeline for Lewis' return is unclear, but torn ACLs typically take 6-9 plus months to recover from. It seems doubtful that he'd be able to play this season.

"Terrell Lewis suffered a torn right ACL last week while training. He underwent successful surgery today, and a timeframe for his return is unknown at this time," Saban announced.

Lewis, a former five-star recruit in the 2016 class, missed a lot of games in 2017 with an arm injury. He was able to return in time for the College Football Playoff and made a big impact in the national title game win over Georgia.

Lewis was a five-star recruit coming out of St. John's College HS in Washington, D.C. He was ranked the No. 3 defensive end in the 2016 class by 247Sports.

Alabama's defense, as usual, is loaded, but the loss of Lewis is a big one.

The Crimson Tide are set to open the 2018 season on Sept. 1 against Louisville. Alabama is expected to begin the season ranked No. 1.