Highly-touted Alabama Crimson Tide recruit Derrick Henry will be out for the team’s A-Day after suffering a broken tibia on Saturday during a scrimmage, his high school coach told AL.com on Tuesday. The five-star running back was expected to play a big role in the Alabama back field with sophomore T.J. Yeldon, but the injury will derail his preparation.
While the broken tibia will keep Henry out of Alabama’s spring game, his high school coach Bobby Ramsay believes the talented back can return ahead of schedule.
“He got tackled and he said his foot got rolled under a defender,” Ramsay said, via AL.com. “It’s just one of those things. He was discouraged when I talked to him, but supposedly he was having a breakout day.
“I can see a situation with him and the shape he’s in and the way he works that if they say three months, I put it at two to two-and-a-half to when he’s really back. I told him, ‘Man, if you’re going to be injured, there’s no better place to be hurt. They’ll get you back.’”
The 6-foot-3, 238 pound Henry came to Tuscaloosa back in January, and he was impressing his teammates during workouts and practices — even drawing comparisons to former Alabama star back Trent Richardson.
While Henry will not be participating in the Alabama spring game this Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium, Crimson Tide fans should be encouraged by the flashes of brilliance he has shown during his brief time on the field. Whenever he is able to return to action, Henry has the makings of a star and should be able to contribute immediately.