Nick Saban gives injury update on star WR Jaylen Waddle ahead of Ohio State game
With COVID-19 and other injuries, it seems that everyone’s status for Monday’s National Championship Game can be considered as up in the air.
However, there are some players we know who may not be able to play. One of those is Alabama’s Jaylen Waddle. The Crimson Tide wide receiver has not seen the field since Oct. 24 due to an ankle injury. But it appears there’s a chance he may have recovered enough where he could see the field against Ohio State, according to head coach Nick Saban.
Nick Saban on Jaylen Waddle: "He has been able to practice some… probably a game day decision"
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) January 7, 2021
Though Devonta Smith is the first receiver that comes to mind when discussing Alabama (and rightfully so), Waddle is certainly a dangerous weapon for the Crimson Tide. Besides being a threat in the passing game, he is a dynamic returner and was named second-team All-SEC return specialist by the coaches in 2020.
The return game is actually where Waddle suffered his ankle injury. He exited the Oct. 24 matchup with Tennessee after injuring his ankle on the opening kickoff return.
In just four games of action, Waddle accumulated 25 catches for 557 yards and four touchdowns for Saban’s squad.
If Waddle can return, that just adds one more weapon for Alabama quarterback Mac Jones and one more thing for Ohio State’s defense to worry about.