TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama’s already thin wide receivers corps has taken another hit. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban revealed Wednesday that wide receiver Tyrell Shavers sustained a toe injury on Saturday that required surgery.
Shavers joins Jerry Jeudy (knee) as receivers who’ll miss spring practice because of injuries.
“Tyrell Shavers hurt his toe — a ligament in his big toe which needed to be surgically repaired,” Saban said. “He’ll be all right for the season next year. It actually happened in the scrimmage, and they told me afterward that he just had a turf toe. Nobody thought it was that big of a deal, but you always do MRIs on things like that and I guess it was worse than they thought.
“He’ll be out for the rest of the spring. Jerry will be out for the rest of the spring. We don’t have as many guys out there as we usually have, and we have more guys that are out because of injuries than we usually have.”
Alabama now has low numbers at both wide receiver and defensive back because of graduation, early NFL draft entries and injuries.
The Crimson Tide had been experimenting with DeVonta Smith playing both receiver and cornerback. At this point, Alabama doesn’t have enough available bodies to have anyone experiment on both sides of the ball.
“No we haven’t considered that because we don’t really have enough defensive backs,” Saban said. “I think Trevon Diggs, who played receiver here before, probably could do that, but we don’t have enough guys in the secondary. We just don’t have enough skill people out there right now with those guys both injured.”