Alabama QB Bryce Young leaves game with shoulder injury, but not considered to be serious

FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas — Alabama quarterback Bryce Young, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, injured the AC joint in his shoulder in the first half of Saturday’s 49-26 win in Arkansas.

Throwing away his helmet in frustration, Young entered the medical tent and later went to the dressing room. His parents left their seats in the stands to join him.

Young was able to return to the sidelines, and Alabama coach Nick Saban said the injury was not serious.

“I think he’s fine,” said Saban. “He has no serious injury. We didn’t think he could come back into the game today because I didn’t think he had much steam to throw the ball.

“He has these [injuries] before and in a few days he starts to respond pretty well. So we just have to see how it goes and play it day by day.”

Young, a potential first-round pick in next year’s NFL draft, completed 7 of 13 passes for 173 yards, one touchdown and one interception before the injury. He was on the sidelines and in full uniform in the second half but didn’t take a snap.

Backup Jalen Milroe came off the bench and completed 4 of 9 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown with six carries.

Milroe said Young told him, “Just to stay calm, calm, cool and collected. Just fall back to your training level.”

“We have a great bond,” Milroe said.

When asked how the offense changed with Milroe, Saban quipped, “I was going to call Jimbo after that and tell him,” referring to Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher.

Alabama hosts Texas A&M in Tuscaloosa next Saturday. The Aggies disrupted the Crimson Tide at College Station last season.

“There’s only one Bryce Young in this country and he’s a great player,” said Saban. “Jalen can do what Jalen does and we have faith in him. We have faith in Ty Simpson developing as his backup. But hopefully Bryce will be okay.

“But I felt the offense did a really good job of continuing to score points in a different way than when Bryce plays. And I think you need to have that kind of diversity on your team. You have to be able to win more than one way.” Alabama QB Bryce Young leaves game with shoulder injury, but not considered to be serious

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