McCarron played final games with injured ribs

AJ McCarron

AJ McCarron told ESPN.com that he was able to lead his team to another national championship victory while having injured ribs.

A.J. McCarron played the final six games of the 2012 season with injured ribs, the Alabama quarterback revealed in an interview with ESPN.com's Chris Low.

The injury was originally described to reporters as a back contusion. In the third quarter of the Mississippi State game on Oct. 27, McCarron was sacked hard and did not return. He recently told ESPN that he was injured on that sack and had to limit his throwing in practice the following weeks.

"I had three ribs come out of place," McCarron said in this interview. "They kept popping in and out of place, the one at the top, and it was just a nagging pain the whole time.

"I couldn't throw much during the week for a long time, really almost up to the bowl game. I was hurting really bad through the week, and it just took a long time for those ribs to heal."

McCarron also played with a knee brace in the second half of the season after injuring it in the Missouri game on Oct. 13.

McCarron, who threw 30 touchdown passes to just three interceptions last season, didn't miss any games due to these injuries.

"It was part of being a leader," McCarron told ESPN. "We had a lot of guys gutting it out at that point in the season. We all had our eyes on the same thing."


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