Just a few days after making his college football debut, Alabama defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson will be out of the lineup indefinitely, as he is set to undergo knee surgery.
UPDATE: Monday, September 9, 1:37 p.m. EDT
Cecil Hurt of the Tuscaloosa News cited Saban saying that Tomlinson has undergone surgery and will be out four to five months:
Saban: Dalvin Tomlinson had knee surgery, out for 4 or 5 months.— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) September 9, 2013
End of Update
Gribble quoted Saban, who was mum on the details of the procedure, saying there is not currently a timetable for Tomlinson's return:
I'm not going to comment on what the issue is. They'll know for sure when they do the surgery and we'll let you know what the outcome of the surgery is when they do it. But other than that I think we're well along.
According to Gribble, the McDonaugh, Ga., native was injured during Wednesday's practice, just four days after he recorded four tackles in Alabama's 35-10 season-opening win over Virginia Tech.
Saban had high hopes for the redshirt freshman who served as a second-team defensive end behind starting junior Jeoffrey Pagan, as told by Gribble.
Pagan played a reserve role on the UA defensive line in 2012, recording 22 tackles, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble. He logged just two tackles Week 1 against the Hokies.
Also in Gribble's report, this is the second serious injury suffered by Tomlinson. The 6'2", 287-pound lineman also suffered an injury while playing high school soccer that sidelined him for his freshman campaign.
Tomlinson joined the Tide as a 247Sports composite 4-star prospect in the class of 2012.
Freshman Jonathan Allen, who is listed next to Tomlinson on the most recent Alabama depth chart, is among the potential replacements for Tomlinson.
At the opposite defensive end position, freshman A'Shawn Robinson and sophomore LaMichael Fanning are listed as the backups to senior Ed Stinson.