Bryce Young injury update: Nick Saban hopes Alabama star QB can return for Tennessee matchup

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Alabama coach Nick Saban said Monday he’s optimistic junior quarterback Bryce Young (shoulder) can return for the third-ranked Crimson Tide on Saturday against No. 6 Tennessee. Young dressed but did not play in Saturday’s 24-20 win over Texas A&M in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Jalen Milroe filled in for Young, throwing for three touchdowns and rushing for 83 yards.

“Bryce is being re-evaluated today,” Saban said, via: 247Sports. “I don’t really know much, I haven’t really spoken to the doctor since he did this. Hopefully we’ll try to get him ready to play this week. But that’s something nobody can predict how quickly that will happen . will give him an opportunity to be able to go out there and do what he needs to do, and we’ll see as the week goes on. But I don’t have anything more than that.”

Young sprained the AC joint in his shoulder during Alabama’s 49-26 win over Arkansas two weeks ago. Saban listed the 2021 Heisman Trophy winner as a game-time decision before Saturday’s game against the Aggies, but ultimately settled on Milroe under center. Milroe, a redshirt freshman, threw a interception and scrambled twice — both leading to Aggie touchdown runs. Saban also commented on those mistakes.

“I just think Jalen played with a lot of anxiety,” Saban said. “I don’t think he’s allowed himself to let his coaching guide him and trust and believe in that to be successful running plays. You can’t turn the ball over and not run plays the way they’re designed to the do’s and don’ts, so those things are all things that we definitely need to improve on so that we can use all 11 players in our attacking group.

Young left the Arkansas game two weeks ago during the second quarter after a sack by Razorbacks linebacker Drew Sanders near the sideline. He attempted a throw by falling to the ground and landed awkwardly with his right arm outstretched. Although he initially returned to the field on the next drive, he entered the injury scene after an incomplete third-down pass before heading to the locker room. Despite returning to the sideline in the third quarter with pads, he did not return to the game.

No. 1 Alabama (6-0, 3-0 SEC) and Tennessee (5-0, 2-0 SEC) will square off at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET at SEC on CBS Game of the Week.

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