Alabama Football: The latest on Crimson Tide and Dawgs injuries

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports /

The Georgia Bulldogs have an advantage over the Alabama football injury situation. More key Crimson Tide players will miss the game than will Georgia players. The Bulldogs lost for the game are the result of old injuries and the roster has been settled without them for a long while.

Georgia’s current injury concern is tight end, Brock Bowers. Bowers was effective against the Tide in the SEC Championship game. He has a lingering injury issue that will not keep him from playing.

According to Dawn of the Dawg, Georgia will field “its healthiest team yet” Monday night. What is generating such excitement for Georgia football fans is the prospect George Pickens is now able to make a large impact on the game. Pickens has come back from a knee injury and many Georgia fans expect him to have a breakthrough game against the Tide’s depleted secondary.

Another boost for the Bulldogs is a return to form by running back Kendall Milton. Milton is behind Zamir White and James Cook in the Dawgs’ running back depth chart. He was healthy enough to play against Michigan and his inclusion into the rotation Monday night gives the Dawgs an added edge.

Alabama Football Injuries

As far as the Crimson Tide, the injury situation could be worse. It could also be much better. The Bulldogs will certainly be the healthier team. The best news for the Crimson Tide is Brian Robinson Jr. is fully fit and Trey Sanders, as evidenced by his performance against Cincinnati, is rounding into form. The good, but not great news for the Tide is Chris Owens’ ankle problem will not keep him off the field. Whether it will make the Tide’s right tackle less effective remains to be seen.

Emil Ekiyor’s shoulder problem is not expected to keep him from trying to play. Teammates say Ekiyor’s toughness will push him through, but a shoulder injury is difficult for an offensive lineman. Indications are backup,  J.C. Latham has worked hard to prepare for what at any moment Monday night, would be the biggest game of his brief Crimson Tide career. Latham did well against Cincinnati, but the Bearcats and the Dawgs cannot be compared.

Along with Josh Jobe and John Metchie III, Jaylin Armour-Davis is not expected to play against Georgia. Nothing official has been released on JAD’s status, but Alabama football insiders and comments from teammates indicate Khyree Jackson and Kool-Aid McKinstry will be the starting corners Monday night. Though unconfirmed, a repeated rumor is Demarcco Hellams, who has battled injuries all season, will play hurt again, against the Dawgs.

dark. Next. Why the conventional wisdom is wrong

There is no doom implied in this somewhat gloomy injury situation for the Crimson Tide. Georgia being the healthier team does not make them the best team.