Alabama’s offensive line depth took a hit over the weekend, as guard Richie Petitbon suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his knee during the Crimson Tide’s scrimmage on Saturday.
The redshirt freshman has already undergone surgery, according to coach Nick Saban, who anticipates “a full recovery.”
Petitbon is a former 4-star recruit from Gonzaga High (Washington, D.C.). He was expected to compete for playing time on a crowded offensive line unit this season, but will now likely take a medical redshirt and return in 2017 with three remaining years of eligibility.
Old-school NFL fans might recognize his name; Petitbon’s grandfather, also named Richie Petitbon, played safety for the Bears, Rams and Redskins from 1959-1972, and later served as the Redskins’ coach in 1993.
AL.com‘s Matt Zenitz first reported the news.