There are only a few certainties in the world. Death, taxes, and Alabama Crimson Tide football being among the best college football programs in the nation. This season appears to be no exception as the Tide has opened the season 2-0 behind two dominating wins over Miami and Mercer.
This weekend’s win over Mercer did seem to come at a cost, however. Outside linebacker Will Anderson, considered one of the best pass rushers in the nation, left the field with a knee injury in the third quarter. The preseason All-SEC selection was taken to the sidelines, inspected by trainers, and then left the game for the locker room and did not return.
Will Anderson’s lower leg injury is not believed to be serious, sources tell The Athletic. I’m sure he’ll have additional tests at some point, but as of now it’s not feared to be a major injury.
— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) September 11, 2021
Naturally, Alabama fans are pretty concerned, especially since the Tide travel to Gainesville to take on No. 13 Florida on Saturday. Monday, head coach Nick Saban addressed the media via Zoom and provided an update on the star linebacker.
“Will Anderson has been very encouraging,” Saban said. “He’ll probably take a day off today, is kind of day-to-day. But we feel a little more encouraged than maybe after the game. We’ll just see how he progresses through the course of the week.”
Saban: "Will Anderson has been very encouraging. He'll probably take a day off today, is kind of day to day. But we feel a little more encouraged than maybe after the game. We'll just see how he progresses through the course of the week."
— Charlie Potter (@Charlie_Potter) September 13, 2021
That’s good news for Alabama fans, even if Saban is being cautious. It’s usually hard to know if Saban is being overly cautious because he doesn’t like to tip his hand or if there’s more to it, but the fact that he would call things “very encouraging” appears to be a good sign.