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Chris Fowler Wonders If Teams Should Use Their Best Players To Return Kicks After Jaylen Waddle's Injury

Jaylen Waddle and Jerry Jeudy celebrate a play for Alabama football.

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 29: Jerry Jeudy #4 and Jaylen Waddle #17 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrate the touchdown scored in the fourth quarter during the College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Oklahoma Sooners at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Alabama star wideout Jaylen Waddle suffered a seemingly serious injury on the opening kickoff against Tennessee. He's since been taken in an ambulance to the hospital for further evaluation.

Waddle is one of the fastest players in the country and he's a huge part of Alabama's offense. He's one of the reasons the Crimson Tide are projected, yet again, to wind up in the College Football Playoff.

ESPN announcer Chris Fowler, who calls marquee games with Kirk Herbstreit each week, has an interesting question in the aftermath of the injury.

Should stars be returning kicks in college football?

Kick returns are one of the most dangerous plays in football, so it's fair. At the same time, you really don't see too many college coaches opting to keep their stars on the sideline for them. In the NFL, where there's a lot more money on the line for each player, it's a different story.

Waddle's speed is his greatest asset, so it isn't a surprise to see that he's still returning kicks as a junior. But clearly, there's risk in deciding to keep sending him out there.

Hopefully, Waddle's injury isn't as bad as many fear. It'd be great to see him return this season, if possible.