Alabama WR DeVonta Smith heads to locker room with injury
Alabama’s Heisman-winning wide receiver was unstoppable in the first half, but he might not see the field much in the second half of the National Championship Game.
After an incredible regular season, Smith put up 12 catches for over 200 yards and a trio of touchdowns against the Buckeyes. He did it in a number of ways, breaking free and torching Ohio State time and time again.
Coming out of the half, Alabama had the ball on offense and went to work. The Crimson Tide tacked on a field goal to start the third quarter, though Smith was missing for the latter part of that drive after sustaining a hand injury.
Replays appeared to show Smith’s index finger on his right hand get bent or jammed back at a weird angle on one pass play. He spent a considerable amount of time in the medical tent before eventually heading to the locker room.
Smith could be seen on ESPN’s broadcast with a towel draped over his right hand, obscuring the view of his hand, while walking off the sideline and to the locker room. His status was later updated as questionable to return.
Right now, Smith’s absence might not matter with Alabama capping another touchdown drive to make it 45-24, late in the third quarter. Ohio State’s defense has not been able to slow down the Crimson Tide.