TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Defensive end Dalvin Tomlinson will miss the remainder of the season after having knee surgery, Alabama coach Nick Saban said during his Monday news conference.
Saban said Tomlinson, a key backup, had successful surgery on Friday.
"He will be out for the year," Saban said. "I don't think he's going to be coming back anytime soon. He'll be at least four or five months in rehab."
Tomlinson, a redshirt freshman, had four tackles in the Crimson Tide's season opener against Virginia Tech. He was expected to help improve the Tide's pass rush this season.
"He was doing a fantastic job for us," Saban said. "Played well in the first game rotating in. We hate to ever see any player get injured. Dalvin has done everything the right way since he's been here. It's just something that's unfortunate that happens in any sport really."
Freshman Jonathan Allen was seen working in Tomlinson's spot behind starter Jeoffrey Pagan during Monday's practice.
Revenge not a factor
One would think that Alabama would be set on avenging its only loss from the 2012 season. Not this team. The Crimson Tide is focused solely on making themselves better.
Tide sophomore wide receiver Amari Cooper noted there is extra motivation because the Aggies were the Tide's lone loss last season, but Cooper isn't buying into the revenge hype.
"To me, it's not a revenge thing because if we wanted to get revenge, we'd have to play that same team last year with the same team we had last year, so it's really not a revenge thing," Cooper said. "If you lose a fight with someone, you don't get revenge from fighting someone else. I think it's just a new team this year. We're a new team. It's no revenge. Just going out there and playing Texas A&M."
McCarron, Manziel friendship a media creation?
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel are friends off the field, but McCarron says he won't communicate with Manziel this week.
In fact, McCarron said he hasn't spoken with the reigning Heisman Trophy winner since "around Media Days, I think."
"We're just friends, guys," McCarron said. "Y'all (media) make this thing a lot bigger than it needs to be."
Manziel has been scolded in the media for his offseason antics.
"Just be myself. I've never been one to be in the spotlight," McCarron said. "Everybody lives their lifestyle different. People criticize him (Manziel) for being himself. Everybody's got their opinion on something. That's what y'all get paid for...opinions."
Did McCarron reach out to Manziel while he was being scrutinized?
"I mean, that's between me and him," McCarron said. "I think that's the best thing for that."