If A.J. McCarron were seriously injured, he wouldn’t have met with the media after practice on Tuesday, as hurt players never do.
But Alabama’s starting quarterback, dressed in a Nike sweatshirt, neon yellow tennis shoes and a brace on his right knee, slowly made his way into the interview room and answered a couple questions regarding his bruise.
To lighten the mood, one reporter kicked things off asking: “If you lose your leg, are you going to get one of those spring-loaded jobs like Oscar Pistorius in the Olympics?”
McCarron laughed and said, “I don’t think I’m going to lose my leg.”
Earlier this afternoon, a report came out that McCarron, who went down with a knee injury in the third quarter of the Crimson Tide’s 42-10 win over Missouri last Saturday, had slightly torn his meniscus. McCarron’s mother, Dee Dee Bonner, took to Twitter to refute the claim, saying it was “100% false.”
“Rumors are rumors,” McCarron said. “I feel good. Ready to go.”
Alabama head coach Nick Saban told reporters Monday that McCarron’s MRI Sunday revealed that he had bruised his knee and he’d be “OK.”
At practice Tuesday, McCarron looked uncomfortable. He was able to make all his throws, but in between drills, he was clearly limping.
McCarron was advised not to take reporters through a play-by-play of the hit he took in the third quarter, but said he wasn’t scared about the severity of his injury.
“Anytime you think something goes wrong you’re going to be nervous for a minute,” he said. “But I trust my trainers and team doctors. They made the right call. They know what’s wrong with it and what happened. And I went back out there and played.”
And he plans to play this weekend against rival Tennessee at Neyland Stadium, the place where he threw his first career touchdown pass to Julio Jones back in 2010.
“I don’t like sitting out,” he said. “I had to sit out when I was four from a wave-runner wreck. It’s the only year I’ve ever missed. I just don’t like missing plays.”
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