Two More Alabama Players Suffer Season-Ending Knee Injuries
White was carted off the field and Hart was able to jog off under his own power, but both players will require surgery.
The injuries will affect the team’s depth, particularly on special teams, but are not crushing blows to the Crimson Tide offense.
White, a third-year sophomore, was the team’s fourth-leading receiver with eight receptions for 105 yards and two touchdowns. His biggest play of the year came in the opener against Michigan, when he scored a 51-yard touchdown.
Alabama has relied on a cadre of receivers this season. Freshman Amari Cooper, who leads the team in receiving yards, is the only Crimson Tide receiver with double-digit catches.
Hart was the team’s third-leading rusher behind junior Eddie Lacy and freshman T.J. Yeldon. He was a versatile weapon for the Tide with 21 carries for 88 yards, two catches for 18 and four punt returns for 50 yards. Hart, who missed all of 2011 after tearing his ACL before the season, went down in the fourth quarter after fielding a punt.
Cornerback Deion Belue and defensive end Ed Stinson also left the game after getting banged up against Ole Miss. On Sunday, Saban said Belue’s shoulder injury was not serious and the corner wasn’t expected to miss significant time. Stinson’s condition was not mentioned.
White and Hart are the fourth and fifth players Alabama has lost for the year. Freshman wide receiver Chris Black and junior cornerback Jarrick Williams both suffered season-ending injuries during fall camp and earlier in September, junior fullback/H-back Jalston Fowler had surgery after hurting his knee in the game against Western Kentucky.
Alabama is off this weekend. The Crimson Tide plays Missouri in Columbia, Mo. on Oct. 13.