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Jaylen Waddle Appears To Suffer Serious Injury On Kickoff vs. Tennessee

Alabama star Jaylen Waddle making a catch against Auburn.

AUBURN, ALABAMA - NOVEMBER 30: Jaylen Waddle #17 of the Alabama Crimson Tide pulls in this touchdown reception against Javaris Davis #13 of the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 30, 2019 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Update 3: Nick Saban reportedly told CBS reporters that Waddle will miss the remainder of the season. He reportedly has a broken ankle.

Update 2: Waddle's leg appears to be in a cast and it looks like he's being transported to the hospital in an ambulance. The school has yet to report the severity of his injury, but it doesn't look good.

Update: Jamie Erdahl of CBS reports that Waddle is now ruled out for the contest after suffering a "lower extremity" injury. He reportedly can't put weight on the injured leg. He's getting x-rays in the locker room.

Earlier: Alabama is taking on Tennessee in one of its major rivalry games on Saturday, and unfortunately, the contest is off to a rough start for the Crimson Tide. One of the team's best players suffered what appears to be a serious injury.

Alabama star wideout Jaylen Waddle appeared to suffer a significant injury to his right ankle on the opening kickoff against the Volunteers. He was carried off the field by trainers and carted to the locker room.

Waddle attempted to head up the left sideline and was dragged down by a Tennessee defender. His ankle buckled under the weight and gave out.

Here's footage of the play, via CBS:

Waddle, a junior, is one of the fastest players in the country and a huge part of Alabama's offense. In just four games, he has 25 catches for 557 yards with four touchdowns.

Hopefully, Waddle's injury looked worse than it turns out to be. That said, he looked to be in a great deal of pain as he left the field.

Alabama and Tennessee are scoreless early in the first quarter. We'll keep you updated on Waddle's status.