In addition to Grant's season-ending surgery, The University said in a press release that sophomore safety Cory Reamer will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee - the same knee he suffered a torn ACL on last season – and that receiver Tyrone Prothro underwent another surgery Monday in the process of repairing his broken leg.
Reamer is expected to miss "several weeks" with the knee surgery, but could be back for the latter part of the season. Prothro will not play this season, the release said.
Grant was injured in a kickoff return against Vanderbilt on September 9th. He played against Louisiana-Monroe but left the game after two carries.
"We wanted to see if he could make it through," Alabama Head Coach Mike Shula said, "but we decided to go ahead and get it fixed and have him for the spring."
Grant meets the playing qualifications for a medical hardship waiver, which would allow him to redshirt the season despite having played in three games. Permission must be sought by the University and granted by the NCAA when medical documentation is verified.
A player may receive a medical hardship (redshirt) if the season-ending injury occurs in the first half of the season (NCAA Division I Manual bylaw 14.2.4 b) AND when the student-athlete has not participated in more than 20 percent of the institution's scheduled contests.
Alabama has 12 games scheduled, so 20 percent of the 12 games is 2.4 games. Bylaw 126.96.36.199.6.2 states that any computation of the percent limitation that results in a fractional portion of a contest or date of competition shall be rounded to the next whole number (therefore the computation of 2.4 games shall be considered three games.)
Bylaw 188.8.131.52.6.2 puts Grant within the window for a redshirt request.
Shula said the surgery for Prothro was a planned part of his healing.
"He's doing well," Shula said. "This is not a setback in his rehab. It was as planned. The injury that he had, as we know, is a very serious one. There are a lot of things involved with it. When the bone comes out of the skin it takes time to heal and takes time to get the leg right. That's the best way for me to answer it. He'll miss this year but hopefully we'll get him back next year."
There could theoretically be a possibility for Reamer to receive a medical hardship waiver if his injury were determined to be season ending, but it is not typically thought to be season ending..