Update: According to Aaron Suttles of The Athletic, Waddle has a broken ankle.
News: Jaylen Waddle suffered a broken ankle.
— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) October 24, 2020
Earlier: Alabama and its fans just got some awful news in the aftermath of star wideout Jaylen Waddle’s ankle injury that he suffered on the opening kickoff against Tennessee. Waddle will miss the rest of the season.
Head coach Nick Saban told CBS reporters at halftime of his team’s contest that Waddle is out for the year. Waddle, one of the best wide receivers in college football, needed to be carried off the field, carted to the locker room and later taken in an ambulance to a local hospital.
Waddle suffered the injury returning the opening kickoff. His ankle got caught on the turf after he was dragged down by a Tennessee defender.
Waddle’s injury seemed serious immediately. He wasn’t able to put weight on his leg.
From Nick Saban – WR Jaylen Waddle OUT FOR THE YEAR.
Interview on CBS soon.@AlabamaFTBL
— Jamie Erdahl 💍 Buckman (@JamieErdahl) October 24, 2020
CBS reports that Nick Saban told them that Jaylen Waddle is out for the year.
What a tremendous loss. Wow.
— Alex Scarborough (@AlexS_ESPN) October 24, 2020
Alabama has yet to reveal the full extent of Waddle’s injury, but clearly, it’s serious enough that he won’t be able to return before January.
Waddle, through four games, hauled in 25 passes for 557 yards and four touchdowns. He’s arguably the fastest wide receiver in college football and a big-time NFL prospect.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Waddle as he recovers from what appears to be a devastating injury. Hopefully he comes back stronger than ever for the 2021 season – whether it’s at Alabama or in the professional ranks.