Alabama's Hightower to have knee surgery

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Alabama sophomore linebacker Dont'a Hightower will undergo knee surgery to repair ligament damage, coach Nick Saban confirmed Sunday, and Hightower is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

It's a big loss for the Crimson Tide, as Hightower had been extremely versatile. He was one of their best pass-rushers and was lining up at the hybrid jack linebacker spot on passing downs. After he was injured last Saturday in the Arkansas game, he was replaced in the lineup by sophomore Courtney Upshaw.

Here is Saban's statement on Hightower's injury:

“Dont’a Hightower’s MRI confirmed that he has ligament damage in his knee that will require surgery. Dont’a is a fine young man, has been an outstanding player for us, and we are confident he will make a full recovery.”