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Jaylen Waddle Is Out For The Year After His Ankle Injury, Per Nick Saban

Alabama football head coach Nick Saban at the College Football Playoff title game.

SANTA CLARA, CA - JANUARY 07: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts during the press conference after his teams 44-16 loss to the Clemson Tigers in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi's Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Update: According to Aaron Suttles of The Athletic, Waddle has a broken ankle.

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.

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.