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Saban: Alabama RB Sanders out indefinitely after surgery


Alabama coach Nick Saban says former Tiger Shark and Port St. Joe, running back Trey Sanders, now a member of the Crimson Tide, is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery for unspecified injuries sustained in a car accident Friday.

Saban said Monday Sanders' surgery was successful and that he was at UAB Hospital in Birmingham.

Alabama running back Trey Sanders (24) runs up the sideline as Mississippi State safety Shawn Preston Jr. (12) tries to force him out of bounds at Bryant-Denny Stadium during the second half of Alabama's 41-0 win over Mississippi State Oct. 31.

“We expect him to have a full recovery,” Saban said. “But I do think that he is probably out indefinitely. There’s no real timetable. He’s going to be OK, but pretty serious stuff.”

Sanders was injured in an accident on Friday morning. Sources told WMBB that Sanders was in the car with his brother, Umstead, when someone hit them at the intersection of Demont Road and Highway 20 at around noon..

Florida Gators defensive lineman Adam Shuler II (95), linebacker Umstead Sanders (42), tight end C'yontai Lewis (80) and teammates celebrate as they beat the Colorado State Rams in Sept. 2018. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Sanders had to be life-flighted to Bay Medical with non life-threatening injuries.

The redshirt freshman missed last season with a foot injury but was coming off his best game for the top-ranked Crimson Tide against Mississippi State.

The redshirt freshman suffered a season-ending foot injury in 2019, but had some playing time this year. He registered his first carries with the team against Missouri, rushing nine times with one reception.

Against Tennessee, he carried seven times for 39 yards.

Sanders ran 12 times for 80 yards in the Mississippi State game. Tide quarterback Mac Jones said he texted Sanders Monday morning.

“He was really showing a lot this season, and he's a great guy,” Jones said.