Saban: Alabama WR DeAndrew White suffers separated shoulder

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

DeAndrew White had 6 catches for 73 yards before his injury. (USATSI)
DeAndrew White had 6 catches for 73 yards before his injury. (USATSI)
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.

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