TUSCALOOSA — Alabama coach Nick Saban announced Monday that wide receiver Cam Sims tore an anterior cruciate ligament in one of his knees during Saturday’s practice.
“(Sims) is going to be out for a while and definitely need surgery,” Saban said. “It will be a lot of hard work for him to get back at all for next season, but we’re hopeful and we know what kind of person he is and he’ll work hard to do it.”
Sims played in 12 of the Tide’s 14 games as a true freshman last season, catching seven passes for 62 yards and a touchdown. He was expected to compete for one of the starting receiver spots with Amari Cooper, Christion Jones and DeAndrew White all moving on.
“I was definitely bummed out for him, but football is a game of collisions, so those kinds of things happen,” Tide running back Kenyan Drake said. “He was definitely in high spirits and looking forward to the season. He has an injury similar to (cornerback) Eddie Jackson, who was back playing in the season. So he’s looking forward to it.”
Drake, who had his season ending last year after he broke his leg, offered some advice to Sims.
“He has to be patient and understand the injury will heal itself,” Drake said. “But he’s got to put in the work to get back.”
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