If there's an area of the roster where Alabama can most afford to suffer an injury, it's probably their receiving corps, where the Tide are so deep even a target like preseason All-American tight end O.J. Howard can go the entire West Virginia victory without a reception.
All the same, other than Amari Cooper, it was senior DeAndrew White who made the biggest receiving impression against the Mountaineers, catching 6 passes for 73 electric yards before leaving the game with a shoulder injury. So it's maybe not irrelevant that White is set to miss some time, Nick Saban said after the game.
"DeAndrew White has a little separated shoulder," Saban said, per al.com. "I don't think it's really bad. I haven't talked to the doctor yet, but [he may be out] a week or so, I don't know."
White has struggled previously with knee and toe injuries, but as shown on one first-half reception in which he shook past half-a-dozen Mountaineer defenders on a cross-field cutback, White has proven a legitimate weapon when healthy.
If the Tide don't have that weapon either of the next two weeks -- when they play overmatched FAU and Southern Miss -- it won't matter. But if Saban's immediate assessment is off and White's shoulder knock lingers, it's possible he could be missing or limited vs. Florida on Sept. 20 -- and even at wideout, that might make a difference.