Alabama Football: Derrick Henry Reportedly Has Surgery, Will Miss A-Day

Randy ChambersAnalyst IApril 16, 2013

If you were hoping to see freshman running back Derrick Henry during Alabama's A-Day spring game, you will have to wait a little longer.

Reported by Chase Goodbread of Rivals, the intriguing running back has had surgery to repair a tibia fracture he suffered during an Alabama scrimmage, according to his high school coach, Bobby Ramsay.

Don't worry Tide fans, Henry should be ready soon enough, as Ramsay told Goodbread:

"I think he had a plate put in it, but I was told he should be 100 percent by July," said Ramsay, coach at Yulee (Fla.) High. "A kid like him, with the work ethic he has, I would expect him to have a quick recovery. Naturally, he's disappointed. But I talked to him and I think his spirits are going to be fine. He knows this isn't as bad as an Achilles (tendon) or a knee injury. And I told him it's better to have something like this happen now than in September."

Amen to that. Henry is one of the more interesting 2013 recruits for Alabama this season. At 6'3", 240 pounds, you typically don't see running backs this size. Although Henry isn't your ordinary running back, as he set the all-time high school rushing record, which is just one of the things that make Alabama fans all giggly inside.

According to the report, Henry hurt himself on a tackle once his foot rolled beneath him.

"I had three calls from the 205 area code Saturday night, and I knew that probably wasn't good," Ramsay said. "I knew nobody was calling me to tell me he set a scrimmage rushing record."

Running back is arguably the deepest position for the Crimson Tide, and it is crucial that Henry continues to have a great offseason. With guys such as T.J. Yeldon, Kenyan Drake, Jalston Fowler and others all competing for playing time, Henry must make a name and begin to separate himself from the pack.

With this injury to Henry, Alabama now enters the spring game with only two healthy scholarship runners in Yeldon and Drake leading the way, according to the report.

Because of his size and the hype surrounding him heading into the spring, it will certainly be a bummer not being able to see him in a game-like atmosphere. However, with so many injuries taking place this spring throughout college football, Alabama fans can at least be thankful knowing this injury will likely not jeopardize the upcoming season.

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