Tide's victory proves costly with injuries

September, 30, 2012
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama stayed unbeated with a 33-14 win over Ole Miss on Saturday, but the victory came at a cost.

The Crimson Tide saw four major contributors leave the game at some point with injuries -- cornerback Deion Belue, running back Dee Hart, defensive lineman Ed Stinson and wide receiver DeAndrew White.

White’s injury could be the most significant of the three. The sophomore receiver left in the first quarter with an apparent knee injury, returning to the Tide’s sideline on crutches later.

“White has a knee injury that will be evaluated tomorrow,” UA coach Nick Saban said. “He was playing really well for us on special teams and really playing his position well offensively.”

Although there will be no official word until Sunday, quarterback AJ McCarron insinuated White’s injury could be serious and the impact long lasting.

“Now that DeAndrew is out, we are going to need more guys to step up and make plays for us,” McCarron said.

Hart also suffered a knee injury on Saturday. The redshirt freshman running back went down in a heap while returning a punt in the fourth quarter. He left the field under his own power. Hart tore the ACL in his right knee last summer.

“Hart has a possible knee injury that will be evaluated tomorrow,” Saban said.

As for Belue, he didn't return from the locker room after halftime. The junior college transfer finished with five tackles and an interception in the first half, but a shoulder injury kept him out for the rest of the game.

However, Saban doesn’t believe the injury to be serious.

“It’s a week or two type deal,” Saban said. "He’s hurting right now, but I don’t really feel like it’s something that’s going to keep him out for a long time.”

Junior cornerback John Fulton replaced Belue in the cornerback spot opposite Milliner.

With all of the injuries, Alabama is looking forward to the upcoming bye week to rest up and get healthy for the remainder of the season.

Greg Ostendorf | email

Auburn/SEC reporter

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