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Alabama Freshman Hart Tears ACL

Dee Hart’s first season at Alabama appears to be over before it ever began.

The freshman running back tore his anterior cruciate ligament on Tuesday during a 7-on-7 passing drill. Hart’s running back coach at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando confirmed the injury to the Orlando Sentinel.

“He’s good, you know Dee,” Riki Smith told the Sentinel. “If that had to happen to any of our kids, that’s who I’d rather it happened to because he has the right mindset to bounce back. The trainer told him, ‘OK, you have surgery on Thursday and can start rehab next week’ and Dee said, ‘What about Friday?’”

And that seems to be the plan. Hart’s surgery is scheduled for Thursday morning at 8 and he will begin rehab on Friday, according to the Sentinel.

Alabama has yet to release any information on Hart’s injury.

Hart’s injury is a blow to Alabama’s offense. The 5-foot-8, 185-pounder enrolled at Alabama in January and impressed coaches during spring practice. He was expected to battle with redshirt sophomore Eddie Lacy for a second-team spot behind Trent Richardson and was in line to compete for the punt return job.

Lacy, who rushed for 56 times for 406 yards and six touchdowns last season, should secure the backup job to Richardson. The depth chart behind Lacy is less certain, as pointed out by Don Kausler Jr. the Birmingham News.

Sophomore Jalston Fowler will be in line to earn more snaps. Other players could move to running back if needed, such as quarterback Blame Sims and linebacker Chris Jordan. Both players have spent time at running back in the past.

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