The Crimson Tide took a hit Wednesday when coach Nick Saban said he doesn’t expect wide receiver Chris Black to return this season.
Black has tried to fight through an ankle injury all season. He was never at 100 percent, and it has gotten to the point where the junior wide receiver can’t give any more. He elected to have season-ending surgery this week.
“He has tried and tried and tried to compete for us all year long. He hasn’t got to play a whole lot. Sometimes he felt better than others,” Saban said, according to a live feed from the Times Daily’s Alex Byington . “But it’s just been a nagging, recurring thing and, you know, we kind of all felt like the best thing he could do was go and get it repaired.”
Black played in six games this season, catching two balls for 23 yards.
In his place, senior Richard Mullaney will continue to be asked to step up. The Oregon State transfer has three receiving touchdowns for the year — tied for the team high— along with 27 receptions for 258 yards.
“I think Richard has done a really good job for us all year long. Very dependable, very smart. He can play a lot of positions and he’s played very well for us in the games,” Saban said. “If we didn’t have him — I think he filled a tremendous void for us and did an outstanding job of it.”