The injury bug is more common than the flu this time of year, especially for a team like Alabama finishing off an 8-game stretch heading into its bye-week.
The Crimson Tide has dealt with a handful of injuries, some to its most crucial players.
Within a Nick Saban program, though, it’s next man up, and Alabama has certainly been able to overcome any setbacks within its own depth chart.
This isn’t new to the Tide. Last season, Alabama saw its linebacking corps decimated to injuries, two of which happened in the first game of the season when both Christian Miller and Terrell Lewis went down against Florida State. The Tide defense rallied, relied on depth and newcomers to fill the voids and added its 17th national championship along the way. The year before that, star safety Eddie Jackson broke his leg in October, dealing the Tide a major loss both in production and leadership on the defensive side of the ball. Again, Alabama rallied and made its way to the national championship game.
That’s the benefit of recruiting at the level Alabama does year in and year out under Saban. Couple that with the Tide’s elite knack for developing talent and you have a program that can overcome the injury bug better than most.
Here, BamaOnLine takes a look at Alabama’s injuries sustained thus far in the 2018 season.