All season, Terrell Lewis has teased a quick return to the field with social media posts.
A torn ACL in July seemed like an impossibly quick turnaround for the 2018 season and there’s still no guarantee the Alabama outside linebacker will see time this season. He was, however, on the practice field Monday afternoon when the Crimson Tide began preparation for Georgia and the SEC Championship.
Defensive lineman Quinnen Williams had quite a reaction to seeing No. 24 in crimson Monday afternoon.
“It was shock for me because I ain’t know,” Williams said. “But just seeing how hard he worked all season, seeing how much passion he played with, not played with but how much passion he had on the sideline. It’s just great to see him back on his feet in general. If he plays this week, if he plays this year or not, just to see a player like that, a physical player, a dynamic player like that, back on his feet after an ACL surgery. So, it was just amazing to see him out there.”
Lewis made his most serious hint at a comeback Sunday when he posted a picture to Twitter.
He’s been visible around Alabama practices working in rehab and making no secret his desire to get back on the football field this season.
I think he’d make a great impact,” Alabama linebacker Christian Miller said. “He’s a talented guy. He’s a special pass rusher. He’s great at playing the run. He’s an all-around outside linebacker so I think he would help out a lot.”
The 6-foot-5, 256-pound linebacker missed almost all of last season with an arm injury. After initially being ruled out for the season, Lewis was back for the Iron Bowl and made 16 tackles in four games. That included a sack in overtime (pictured in his tweet) from the College Football Championship win over Georgia.
“It was good to have him back,” said Alabama safety Xavier McKinney. “He’s a big dude, so you definitely could see a difference out there when he’s on the field. So, it was good to have him back.”