Coffee Goes Under the Knife

Alabama sophomore running back Glen Coffee, who missed all of spring with due to his injury, underwent long speculated surgery for sports hernia this week. Alabama's athletic media relations department released a statement today calling the surgery a success.

The surgery was performed by Dr. William C. Meyers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

"The surgery went well and there were no complications. His prognosis is excellent," the doctor said.

Starting running back Kenneth Darby had surgery for a similar injury in the first week of March in 2005, and he returned for fall practice the following season four months later.

The typical recovery time varies greatly with the injury, and can take as long as three months. Coffee has a redshirt year available to him, and Alabama is deep at running back for 2006.

Coffee, from Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, played in every game last season. He was the Tide's third leading rusher, with 179 yards on 48 carries and had eight receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown.

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