Alabama’s reigning Heisman winner is gearing up for this weekend’s matchup with Texas A&M, but there is no guarantee he’ll be out on the field. After falling awkwardly and jamming his right arm last week, Bryce Young left the game and while he returned to the sidelines, he was never put back in the game. After a full evaluation, Alabama is calling the injury a shoulder sprain, specifically a sprain to the AC joint.
Coach Nick Saban has indicated that Young is making progress and has at least participated in practice in some capacity. The QB is considered day-to-day and Saban indicated that both Young and Alabama’s medical staff will need to give the OK before Young steps back onto the field.
An AC joint sprain generally requires a few weeks to completely heal, so even if Young is back out there on Saturday, he won’t be playing at peak performance. His range of motion could be affected and he would certainly be vulnerable if he takes any big hits from A&M’s defense. The fact that Young is able to “do some things” in practice this week is a good sign that the sprain wasn’t too serious and he should be back under center in no time.