Former Alabama linebacker Alex Watkins fractured his arm against Tennessee in 2011, then returned to play against LSU two weeks later.
Coach Nick Saban said running back Kenyan Drake has the same injury, but the recovery process is more complicated.
“In two weeks, Kenyan will probably be cleared to play,” Saban said on his Thursday radio show. “But whether he’ll be functional enough to play will be another story because he’s gotta catch the ball, he’s gotta carry the ball. That’s gonna be the issue for a running back.”
Drake will miss Senior Day against Charleston Southern this week, and his status for next week’s Iron Bowl — and the following week’s SEC Championship Game (if Alabama makes it) — is up in the air.
In the meantime, freshmen Damien Harris and Bo Scarbrough will be fighting for the No. 2 slot behind Derrick Henry.
“We need someone to come through at that position and be able to play more,” Saban said.
He added that Drake’s non-traditional roles (slot receiver, jet sweeper) will be taken by “other players.” He wants Harris and Scarbrough to focus on the basics.
“We need another runner to emerge here at the end of the season for us,” Saban said.
Alabama takes on Charleston Southern on Saturday afternoon (4 pm ET, SEC Network).