Bryce Young led Alabama to a 14-0 lead over Arkansas in the first quarter but left with a right shoulder injury. Young ran to the outside and fell on his outstretched arm as he was tackled. He then left and was taken immediately to the medical tent. Young was later seen walking to the locker room and hasn’t returned. He was reportedly yelling on the sideline in pain. Young was also seen with his arm dangling at his side, which can be a sign that it is out of place.
Based on the mechanism of injury, I’m worried Bryce Young suffered a separated or dislocated shoulder. The question then is what damage did it caused. When the shoulder dislocates it can lead to a torn rotator cuff or labrum. These are injuries that would likely require season-ending surgery and could impact his draft stock. Young is the reigning Heisman Trophy winner and a potential first overall pick in the 2023 NFL draft.
Here is the play where Bryce Young was injured:
Young is unlikely to return in the second half. Alabama is up 28-7 over Arkansas heading into the second half. Jalen Milroe took over under center. He is a dual-threat quarterback with excellent athleticism and arm strength, so Alabama shouldn’t have any issues finishing this one against Arkansas.