Nick Saban initially said that Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron had just bruised his knee in last week’s win over Missouri. He said that his quarterback would be fine in a day or two.
But today, FoxSports.com’s Russ Mitchell tweeted the following:
McCarron didn’t practice yesterday as the Tide prepared for a game at Tennessee on Saturday.
A meniscus tear — depending on the severity — might not be that big of a deal. The person writing this story right now has a torn meniscus and a shot every six months clears it right up. I’m certainly not a college quarterback, but I’m not a fast-healing 20-something, either.
If McCarron has a serious tear, then surgery could be needed. But referring to the injury as a bruised knee would suggest that the meniscus injury for Bama’s quarterback – if he even has a meniscus tear — is not that serious. If that’s the case, then McCarron would likely have some swelling, some pain, and limited motion in the knee joint. If he were a dual quarterback, that might be more of an issue, but McCarron is not Johnny Manziel or Jeff Driskel or James Franklin.
If he has a meniscus tear, it’s likely Alabama’s signal-caller will play with it. It’s also likely opposing defenses will try harder than ever to pressure McCarron in the pocket.
UPDATE — According to Mitchell, both McCarron’s mother and cousin have said there is no meniscus tear in the quarterback’s knee.
And welcome to the crappy world we’ve all had a role in creating. I get snarky emails all the time from young pups who say they get all their information from Twitter because it’s immediate. Well, it’s also ridiculously unreliable.
But because people want immediate information in 140-character bursts — and could care less what’s right, what’s wrong, or how credible the tweetsman is — media members worry more about Twitter than truth. We care more about breaking a damn story than actually, ya know, trying to find out if said story is correct.
Why? Because you don’t care. You just want your fast food info. And we don’t care. We just give you whatever you want to try and keep you coming back.
Fans blame the media. The media blames the fans. I say we’re just in a circle pattern that’s going to keep repeating until someone realizes what a hodge-podge of BS and smart-aleck comments Twitter really is.
And as always, you can become one of our 32,000+ Twitter followers right here at twitter.com/mrsec!
Already one of Maxim’s “Top 100 Twitter Accounts Every Guy Should Follow,” last week we were listed as one of Athlon Sports’ “Top 25 Twitter Feeds Every SEC Fan Should Follow.”
At least our Twitter crap is well-respected Twitter crap. Huzzah!