The Alabama Crimson Tide came out victorious against the top-ranked Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday – but it did come at a cost. Star wide receiver John Metchie III suffered a knee injury that appears to be serious.
According to a report from ESPN’s Mark Schlabach, the Crimson Tide may have a torn ACL which would keep him out of the Alabama lineup for the College Football Playoff.
via Adam Schefter from Mark Schlabach:
Alabama WR John Metchie III is expected to miss the College Football Playoff after suffering what Crimson Tide officials believe to be a torn ACL in his left knee in Saturday’s 41-24 victory vs. Georgia in the SEC championship game, sources told Mark Schlabach
Metchie hurt himself on a non-contact play while running a route with just under a minute left in the first half. He finished with 97 yards on eight catches with a touchdown for Alabama as the Crimston Tide ran away with it in the second half despite the wideout’s absence.
John Metchie went down with a non-contact injury on this play 🙏🙏
— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) December 4, 2021
“John Metchie is probably going to be out now, and we have a couple other guys that may be injured,” Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said. “It creates a lot of opportunity for a lot of other players. Hopefully, we’ll be able to get them to step up.”
Metchie has been the top target for Alabama quarterback Bryce Young throughout the season, with a team-leading 96 receptions. With him expected out of commission, Jameson Williams and the rest of the WR room will have to step up and produce.