Alabama's Julio Jones is injured ... again.
Coach Nick Saban said Monday that Jones fractured his hand in the first half last week against South Carolina, but finished the game. It wasn't known until after the game that Jones had broken his hand. He underwent surgery the next day, and Saban said Jones would be out an undetermined amout of time.
Injuries have dogged Jones throughout his career at Alabama, but he's always shown tremendous toughness to be able to play through most of them. As a freshman, he was plagued by wrist and shoulder issues, but didn't come out of the lineup. He had three different surgeries after his freshman season, including one for a sports hernia following the spring game. As a sophomore, he was slowed by a bruised knee during the first part of the season that actually forced him to miss a game.
And this past weekend, he went into the South Carolina game with a bruised knee suffered the week before against Florida.
Saban said Jones would return from this latest surgery as soon he can tolerate using his hand again. Given Jones' track record for tolerating pain, he'll probably get back quicker than most players would.
Alabama faces Ole Miss at home Saturday and then travels to Tennessee the next week before getting a bye the Oct. 30 weekend. Those are two teams Alabama should be able to beat without Jones, but Saban isn't ruling Jones out for either game.