Christopher Smith

Alabama's Sunseri Has Torn ACL

Created on Oct. 21, 2013 5:14 PM EST

Alabama safety Vinnie Sunseri has a torn ACL, an MRI confirmed, and will miss the remainder of the season.

The news is not a surprise to Crimson Tide fans and head coach Nick Saban hinted Saturday that Sunseri could be out for a long time.

Sunseri injured his left knee covering a kickoff early in Saturday's win against Arkansas. He returned interceptions for touchdowns against Virginia Tech and Texas A&M and helped anchor the secondary while HaHa Clinton-Dix served a two-game suspension.

"Vinne has done a great job for us," Saban said. "He's an outstanding player and a very good person, a good leader. You can't say enough about the job he's done throughout the year and in his career."

Sunseri, a junior, is eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft, though he likely will rehab his knee and return to Alabama for his senior season.

Sophomore Landon Collins, a standout on special teams who replaced Clinton-Dix during the suspension, is expected to take Sunseri's spot.

Senior safety Nick Perry (shoulder) already is out for the year, leaving Alabama a thinner on the back end, especially on the bench.

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