So much for the tweet that rocked America. At least American sports fans. In the South.
Yesterday Russ Mitchell of College Football News and Scout.com sent out a tweet that claimed he’d “heard from 3 sources” that Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron had a torn meniscus and not a bruised knee. (Scout is a subsidiary of Fox, which is why we and so many others referred to Mitchell as a FoxSports.com employee.)
Well, it didn’t take long for McCarron’s family to shoot down Mitchell’s tweet by calling it “100% false.” And sure enough, McCarron was right back at practice yesterday.
According to Cecil Hurt of TideSports.com, McCarron was “coyly nonspecific” about his injury while talking with reporters, but he did say that he “felt fine” and that “rumors were rumors.” He also joked that he “wasn’t going to lose the leg” that he hurt against Missouri last Saturday.
Whether McCarron has a knee bruise or a torn meniscus — and a meniscus tear does not always require surgery — it’s apparent he’ll be playing Saturday against Tennessee. Just don’t expect Nick Saban or his quarterback to provide too many specific details about the injury.
Our take? Any guy who’s tough enough to have this big thing tattooed on his chest is unlikely to let a little knee pain slow him down: