Posted by Tom Fornelli
While all eyes in Tuscaloosa were on Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones and his knee this week, which is good to go by the way, it turns out there was another injury to a key offensive player nobody was aware of. For a time, not even Nick Saban or the Alabama coaching staff knew.
It seems that quarterback Greg McElroy suffered what's being called a head injury during 'Bama's 31-6 beatdown of Florida on Saturday night.
"He's actually so poised and so good, he got hurt really in the second quarter and nobody knew it," Saban said. "He got hit in the head when he scrambled once, he got hit on the sidelines and it really affected him in the game, I think. We didn't know it until the fourth quarter when he called the play wrong on the formation wrong, then tried to run the play that we signaled."
While Saban didn't say the word, it seems somewhat obvious to me that if McElroy's head injury was a cut on his forehead, that wouldn't cause him to start calling the wrong plays in the huddle. To me it sounds like he suffered some kind of concussion, and if that's indeed the case, the Crimson Tide might want to be somewhat cautious with their quarterback this week.
Though the odds of McElroy not playing on Saturday against South Carolina are somewhere between slim and "haha, yeah right."
After all, playing in pain is nothing new for McElroy. He's dealt with a sore leg the last two weeks, and he broke two ribs against Texas during the title game in January. So the kid is tough, but if he is suffering from a concussion, there's a thin line between tough and stupid.
Ribs will heal, the brain won't.