Bama's Derrick Henry will undergo surgery to repair fractured fibula
[dropcap]D[/dropcap]errick Henry, one of the nation’s top running back prospects and prized member of Alabama’s 2013 signing class, will undergo surgery to repair a fractured fibula suffered in Saturday’s scrimmage.
Henry will miss Saturday’s spring game, but is expected to be fully recovered some time in July, in time to participate in all of the Tide’s fall drills.
The 6-foot-3, 238-pound Henry was a 4-star recruit and the nation’s No. 5-rated running back according to Rivals.com. The Yulee, Fla. native graduated from high school in December graduate and enrolled early, and had been a significant part of Alabama’s rushing game in spring practice.
Before suffering the injury Saturday, Henry had 17 carries for 79 yards. He rushed 12 times for 52 yards in the Tide’s first scrimmage April 6.
Nick Saban issued a statement on Henry’s injury Tuesday afternoon:
“Derrick Henry suffered a fractured fibula in Saturday’s scrimmage and had successful surgery this morning with Dr. Lyle Cain. With the support of our medical staff and the hard work and dedication Derrick has shown since he arrived, we are confident that he will make a full recovery for the start of camp this fall.”
Henry’s absence means that Alabama will have just two scholarship running backs for the Tide’s A-Day game, sophomores T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake. Dee Hart and Jalston Fowler are recovering from knee injuries and have been in non-contact status throughout spring drills.
Henry set the national high school career rushing record last season at 12,124 yards, breaking the nearly 60-year old record held by Sugar Land, Tex. running back Ken Hall.
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