FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Alabama coach Nick Saban said three key players suffered injuries in Alabama’s 49-30 victory over Arkansas on Saturday.
Saban said freshman running back Joshua Jacobs injured a nerve in his elbow. Saban said Jacobs was cleared to play in the second half, but the team decided to hold him out.
Saban said linebacker Reuben Foster and right guard Alphonse Taylor suffered concussions. Foster was replaced by junior Rashaan Evans. Taylor didn’t play in the second half. Lester Cotton replaced Taylor.
“Reuben got a little concussion. I don’t know how serious it is,” Saban said. “Shank (Taylor) got sort of a minor concussion so we just held him out and played Lester because we were ahead in the game at the time. We didn’t want to push him. Hopefully both of these guys will be able to get better in the future.”
Jacobs left the game in the first quarter and did not return. He took a big hit, and fumbled the ball on the goal line. Jacobs finished with 57 yards on 3 carries. Jacobs produced 56 of his yards on one explosive play.
Foster left the contest in the third quarter and did not return. Foster finished with 2 tackles, a pass break up and a quarterback hurry.