Football.com - everything football

Bama RB Yeldon Sits With Sprained Ankle

By



Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon (ankle) did not play Saturday against Chattanooga, raising concerns about his health for next week's Iron Bowl. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images.
Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon (ankle) did not play Saturday against Chattanooga, raising concerns about his health for next week's Iron Bowl. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images.

Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon did not play Saturday against Chattanooga due to a sprained ankle.

The sophomore was considered a game-time decision after being limited in practice this week. He sprained it in the second half against Mississippi State last Saturday, a game in which he ran for a career high of 160 yards.

Yeldon also rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns the previous week against LSU and has rushed for 1,022 yards on 6.2 yards per carry this year.

With a much-anticipated Iron Bowl set for next weekend, expect plenty of health updates on Yeldon this week.

The Tide (11-0, 7-0) had no trouble with the Mocs, an FCS school, winning 49-0. AJ McCarron completed 13-of-16 and improved to 36-2 as a college starter, passing iconic quarterback Jay Barker as the winningest signal-caller in school history. McCarron broke John Parker Wilson's career passing yards mark earlier this month.

Kenyon Drake and Derrick Henry, also underclassmen, combined for 17 carries, 143 yards and two touchdowns in Yeldon's absence.

It also marked the ninth time in 11 games Alabama has held its opponent to 10 points or less. Texas A&M (42) and LSU (17) are the only two schools to score more.

Alabama now travels to No. 6 Auburn (10-1, 6-1) for the Iron Bowl to determine the SEC West champion (3:30 p.m. ET, CBS).