December 3, 2006

BREAKING NEWS: Tide QB injured

A knee injury sustained during Saturday's football practice at the University of Alabama will likely leave the Crimson Tide a quarterback short when it makes its NCAA record 54th bowl appearance later this month.

Redshirt freshman signal caller Jimmy Barnes, the top back up to starter John Parker Wilson, injured his left knee on a play that didn't involve contact.

"We talked to [Dr. James Andrews] last night and we're thinking it's probably a [torn] ACL," said John Barnes, Jimmy's father and prep coach at Los Alamitos (Calif.) High School. "In my experience as a coach with these things, they seldom involve a hit."

Sources told BOL that Barnes sustained the injury after planting his foot while scrambling.

According to his father, Barnes will undergo an MRI Monday to confirm the extent of the injury. John Barnes said that if surgery is required, the procedure will likely take place after finals at UA.

"It's tough because he'll miss spring practice with the new coach," John Barnes said. "But I told him he's a tough guy and he'll work his way back. He was in a good bit of pain last night."

Barnes battled mononucleosis during the 2005 season. As a result of the illness, John Barnes said his son might seek a sixth year of eligibility. Per NCAA rules, a determination on an extra year would not be made until Barnes' five years of eligibility are complete.

Barnes saw action in two regular season games this fall. He completed 6-of-11 passes for 42 yards and a touchdown in the Tide's 38-3 win over FIU on Oct. 28.

With Barnes sidelined, halfback Jimmy Johns would likely become the Tide's top option behind Wilson. Another reserve, true freshman Greg McElroy, is redshirting

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