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Bo Scarbrough Injury Update: Alabama RB Suffered Lower-Leg Fracture vs. Clemson

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 09:  Running back Bo Scarbrough #9 of the Alabama Crimson Tide returns to the field after suffering an apparent injury during the second half of the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game against the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 10, 2017

Alabama Crimson Tide running back Bo Scarbrough suffered a broken bone in his right leg Monday night in his team's College Football Playoff National Championship defeat to the Clemson Tigers.

"Scarbrough suffered a fracture to his right lower leg during the game," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said, per Cecil Hurt of the Tuscaloosa News. "The injury is non-surgical, and we anticipate he will make a full recovery."

ESPN.com's Chris Low first reported word of the injury, with Charlie Potter of BamaOnline specifying that Scarbrough had broken his fibula.

Low noted Scarbrough was seen limping to the team bus after the game.

Prior to his exit in the third quarter, the sophomore had run for 93 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.

Scarbrough's departure was a turning point in the game. The Tigers outscored the Crimson Tide 21-7 after he left, and Alabama gained 95 yards on its final four drives of the game. Two of those drives ended in three-and-outs, and another ended in a punt after four plays.

As the offense sputtered, the defense grew increasingly fatigued and was unable to stop Clemson from marching down the field for the game-winning score with one second remaining.

Assuming he fully recovers, Scarbrough will be among the early 2017 Heisman front-runners. He finished with 812 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns in 2016, and his 180 yards against the Washington Huskies were a big reason the Crimson Tide pulled out a win in the Peach Bowl.

Alabama should have one of the most potent offenses in the country next season. Quarterback Jalen Hurts is returning, as well as the team's top two receivers, ArDarius Stewart and Calvin Ridley. In addition, Damien Harris, who ran for 1,040 yards, will share the workload in the backfield with Scarbrough.

Losing a national championship in the final seconds is a tough way to end a season, but the Crimson Tide have the pieces to make another run at a College Football Playoff title, especially with Scarbrough likely to play a bigger role in 2017.

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