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Returning Alabama Starter To Undergo Surgery, Miss Several Weeks

A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers.

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The reigning college football champions were bit by the injury bug earlier this week in practice. Returning starter Matt Womack reportedly re-injured a broken foot.

Womack will reportedly need surgery on the foot, which will sideline him for six weeks. That's according to 247Sports, who broke the story earlier Friday.

The former three-star recruit battled through camp last year to lock down the Tide's right tackle position. Womack started at right tackle for the duration of the 2017 football season.

However, he'll now be forced miss the first half of the 2018 season. Womack released a statement following the injury announcement. "Thank you for all of the prayers on my surgery today!" Womack posted to Twitter.

Womack is one of four returning starters on the offensive line, including preseason first-team All-SEC selections Ross Pierschbacher and Jonah Williams, who is being talked about as a potential top-5 pick in the upcoming NFL draft.

Womack has been working with the second team offense after his injury this spring.