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Thursday, December 11, 2003
Croyle to return for spring practics

Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Alabama quarterback Brodie Croyle had surgery on his non-throwing shoulder Thursday.

Croyle is expected to participate in non-contact drills during spring practice, which starts on Feb. 23.

"Brodie's surgery went extremely well," said Dr. James Andrews, who performed the operation. "He had a partially dislocated left shoulder and it was repaired by a combination of arthroscopic surgery and open reconstruction.

"We expect him to have a full recovery and be ready to lead the Crimson Tide next season."

Croyle, who will be a junior next season, passed for 2,303 yards and 16 touchdowns despite missing two starts with the injury to his left shoulder. He set the school record with 341 attempts and tied coach Mike Shula's single-season mark with 16 touchdowns.