AJ McCarron Injury: Updates on Alabama QB's Toe
Alabama is the No. 1 team in the country, but an injury to starting quarterback AJ McCarron would certainly hurt the team's chances of winning its third consecutive national championship.
Thankfully for Alabama, McCarron will play when the Crimson Tide kick off the season against Virginia Tech on Saturday, Aug. 31, per ESPN's Joe Schad.
McCarron gave Crimson Tide fans a bit of a scare when he was seen wearing a walking boot when he arrived at the Georgia Dome on Friday, Aug. 30, per ESPN's Cole Cubelic:
UPDATE: Saturday, Aug. 31
From ESPN's Joe Schad:
According to @KirkHerbstreit, AJ McCarron on Thursday had minor surgical procedure to address infection; toenail was removed— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) August 31, 2013
UPDATE: Friday, Aug. 30
ESPN.com has the latest:
McCarron is wearing the boot because of an ingrown toenail, sources told ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach.
McCarron practiced all week without incident.
"AJ practiced all week, will play tomorrow and (wearing the boot) is just a precautionary measure," an Alabama spokesperson told ESPN.
UPDATE: Friday, Aug. 30
From Fox's Clay Travis:
Source tells me AJ McCarron's walking boot is precautionary and there are no concerns with his status tomorrow.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravisBGID) August 31, 2013
While McCarron has not been on any injury reports, he did bruise his foot earlier in the month during a scrimmage. Apparently, this is something that is still bothering him enough to require protective gear while off the field.
The preseason Heisman candidate has started each contest the past two seasons and has totaled 5,956 passing yards with 49 touchdowns in his Alabama career. He was one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the country in 2012, totaling 30 touchdowns and only three interceptions through 14 games.
McCarron's solid play has helped him lead the Tide to a 25-2 record over the past two years with two national championships.
With a veteran leader under center and All-American-level talent all over the field, Alabama is once again expected to contend for the BCS title.
If McCarron were unable to play for any reason this season, the Crimson Tide would be left in the hands of junior Blake Sims, who has only thrown 10 passes in his collegiate career.
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