TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster left the Chattanooga game late in the first quarter on Saturday.
Foster returned to the game early in the second quarter. He immediately made a tackle for loss.
Foster, a senior, was slow to get up after making a tackle, and had to be helped off the field by the training staff.
Foster spent some time in Alabama’s medical tent, but was later taken to the locker room. Foster appeared to be favoring his left hand/wrist as he walked to the locker room.
Foster previously injured a bone in his left hand. He had been practicing with a protective club throughout the week, but the injury had not limited him during workouts or games.
Junior Rashaan Evans replaced Foster in the lineup.
Heading into the game, Foster led Alabama with 70 total tackles, including 35 solo stops. For Foster, 56 of his tackles have come against the run, which also leads the team. Foster had added 4 quarterback hurries and 2 pass breakups.
Foster is a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and a semifinalist for the Butkus Award.
Foster was named as one of the Crimson Tide’s coaching staff’s defensive players of the week for his performances against Southern Cal, at Ole Miss, against Kentucky, at Tennessee, vs. Texas A&M and at LSU.
Foster is the signal caller for Alabama’s defense that ranks first nationally in run defense (68.8 yards per game), second in total defense (259.5 yards per game) and second in scoring defense (12.2 points per game).