Trevon Diggs likely out for season; Tua Tagovailoa has sprained knee

Alabama guard Lester Cotton suffered a mild ankle sprain, but isn't expected to be out long

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Junior cornerback Trevon Diggs is expected to be out for an extended period of time due to a foot fracture and Nick Saban said he'd be surprised of he was able to return this season.

The coach also announced that Tua Tagovailoa has a sprained knee.

"We did put a brace on him to protect him," Saban said Wednesday evening. "But he’s been able to do all the work in practice, so that’s not an issue.

Senior left guard Lester Cotton Sr. also has a mild ankle sprain, but could return to practice on Thursday. He was limited during Wednesday's workout, and watched drills without participating.

Citing unnamed sources, reported earlier Wednesday that Diggs will have surgery on Friday and is expected to be out 4-6 months. Even if Alabama reaches the National Championship Game it would played in three months on January 7.

The initial word on Monday was that Diggs would be out indefinitely.

"It’s going to be an extended period of time," Saban said. "What he has is going to take a while."

In six games, Diggs was credited with 20 tackles, 18 of which were solo. His six pass breakups were tied for seventh in the SEC.

He made his first career interception against Louisiana-Lafayette, and also forced a fumble.