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Bama Fears S Sunseri Seriously Injured

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Alabama safety Vinnie Sunseri spent most of Saturday's game out of pads after suffering what's feared to be a serious left knee injury. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images.
Alabama safety Vinnie Sunseri spent most of Saturday's game out of pads after suffering what's feared to be a serious left knee injury. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images.

Alabama safety Vinnie Sunseri suffered a concussion, he told reporters after the game, citing it as the reason he spent most of the 52-0 win against Arkansas on the bench.

Sunseri may be trying to scramble his own head. The injury of concern to Sunseri involves his left knee, for which he will get an MRI on Sunday.

"It could be serious," coach Nick Saban said. "He's going to be part of our team whether he can play or not."

It can't be a good sign if Saban already is alluding to Sunseri missing the rest of the season.

Birmingham sports personality Jim Dunaway sent an ominous tweet during the game: "Teammates are giving Alabama DB Vinnie Sunseri hugs on the sideline. He's out of pads. Left knee. Not a good scene."

The 6-foot, 210-pound junior returned interceptions for touchdowns against Virginia Tech and Texas A&M to start the season and anchored the secondary while HaHa Clinton-Dix served a two-game suspension. The latter returned Saturday, only for the pair to be separated almost immediately by Sunseri's injury.

Voted third-team all-SEC by the coaches preseason, Sunseri was sixth on the team in tackles and highly regarded among the fan base.

Despite losing one of its leaders, the Tide defense held Arkansas to 3.6 yards per pass attempt and intercepted Brandon Allen twice.

Sophomore Landon Collins, who played in place of Clinton-Dix, primarily occupied Sunseri's spot Saturday.