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Nick Saban Announces Significant Injury To Alabama Offense

A closeup of Alabama football coach Nick Saban speaking into his headset.

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 29: head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts in the first 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's receiving corps took a bit of a hit this week. Nick Saban has confirmed that wide receiver JoJo Earle has suffered a Jones fractured in his foot.   

Earle is expected to miss at least the first month of the regular season. Saban said the recovery timeline for an injury of this magnitude is six to eight weeks. 

"Maybe by Oct. 1 or something like that, he’ll be close to being ready to come back," Saban said, via On3.

This is an unfortunate development for Earle, who is expected to have a large role in Alabama's offense this year. 

During the 2021 season, Earle had 12 catches for 148 yards. He also returned 13 punts for 88 yards.  

Alabama lost two star wideouts to the NFL this offseason in John Metchie III and Jameson Williams. 

Ja'Corey Brooks, Jermaine Burton and Tyler Harrell could end up being the Week 1 starters for Alabama. When Earle returns from his foot injury, the coaching staff will most likely find a role for him.