It almost makes you want to cry. When you have a team with only nine eligible scholarship players, what do you hope doesn't happen? Injuries, my dear Watson, injuries. You never want to see a player injured, but you understand they are part of the game. To expect any team to slug it out for 31 games without a few bumps or bruises is unrealistic, but you just hope that there are no severe injuries. As a player, a coach or a fan, you understand that injuries can undermine an otherwise great opportunity.
Well, lo and behold, it was announced today that Levi Randolph suffered a knee injury at practice on Saturday. No idea on the extent of the injury yet, but it was announced he will be sidelined for "several weeks". Several weeks implies it's not a serious injury and Levi may be back for the start of the season, but he's going to miss valuable practice time. And who knows if this will be a lingering injury? Here's hoping Levi comes back quickly and is ready to roll.
If he doesn't return before the start of the season, I expect Retin and/or Algie Key will see an increase in minutes. It's not a bad thing for them as I think both are capable of stepping in and playing well, but Levi is an experienced guy who was playing as well as anyone at the end of last season. Hopefully, this is just a minor bump in the road.
Unfortunately, Levi is not the only player nursing an injury. In a video posted at rolltide.com Anthony Grant revealed that Carl Engstrom was experiencing some soreness in his knee, Ricky Tarrant is nursing a back injury and Michael Kessens has not only experienced a "minor" knee injury, but also a broken nose. Tarrant and Kessens are both sitting out this year, but both are being counted on to improve practices. Hopefully these injuries remain minor and everyone will be relatively healthy in three weeks when the season tips off.