As the No. 5 Alabama Crimson Tide get ready for their showdown against the No. 1 Mississippi State Bulldogs later today, the status of Crimson Tide running back T.J. Yeldon is still up in the air.
Yeldon suffered an ankle injury in the fourth quarter of Alabama’s 20-13 overtime win over LSU last Saturday.
Head coach Nick Saban stated that Yeldon has been practicing, but still is not sure if he will suit up today.
“I think T.J. was able to practice enough to be able to play. I think we’ll have to decide in the pregame whether he’ll actually… how much he’ll be able to play and how effective he’ll be,” Saban stated on ESPN’s College GameDay this morning.
If Yeldon is not able to play, sophomore running back Derrick Henry will likely get the bulk of the carries for the Crimson Tide.
The junior has been a key cog for the Crimson Tide ever since he arrived on campus. For his career, Yeldon has rushed for 3,029 yards and 31 touchdowns. So far this season, he has rushed for 686 yards and five touchdowns.
The Crimson Tide have been dominant at home and will look to continue that trend against the Bulldogs. This matchup has huge implications over the college football landscape and the winner will be in the driver’s seat in regards to the SEC and a spot in the College Football Playoff.
Alabama is coming off a huge win against the LSU Tigers in Death Valley, but will face their biggest test yet later today.
The Bulldogs have bulldozed through their schedule up to this point and seem poised to prove to the nation they are here to stay.
The game will be broadcasted on CBS at 3:30 ET.
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