Bama RB Derrick Henry out with broken tibia

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Alabama super freshman Derrick Henry is done for the rest of spring with a broken tibia suffered in Saturday’s scrimmage. That means we won’t get to see Henry until next fall, as many were awaiting his appearance in the A-Day Game this weekend.

Alabama has yet to confirm the injury, but Henry’s high school coach told AL.com about the break, and that he will have a small plate inserted into his leg.

“He got tackled and he said his foot got rolled under a defender,” Ramsay, the head coach at Yulee (Fla.) High School, said in a phone interview with AL.com. “It’s just one of those things. He was discouraged when I talked to him, but supposedly he was having a breakout day.”

Henry was arguably the highest-rated prospect in the 2013 recruiting class, and the five-star had been performing well during scrimmages. Last Saturday, Henry carried 17 times for 79 yards.

Henry is expected back sometime in July in time to compete for playing time in fall camp with a slew of other running backs who will hit campus this summer.

In Henry’s absence, the Tide only have TJ Yeldon and Kenyan Drake available for contact Saturday, as Dee Hart and Jalston Fowler are still in non-contact jerseys due to their recovery from knee injuries.

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  • Derrick Henry was just starting to get comfortable in Alabama’s offense. In Bama’s two preseason scrimmages, Henry rushed 29 times for 131 yards. Henry excelled in Scott Cochran’s “4th Quarter” offseason program, and was viewed by many as another RB that would make a name for himself as a true freshman. Luckily, the surgery was reported as a “success,” and Henry will be able to continue competing for a spot sometime this summer.

    And although Alabama’s stable of RB’s looks good on paper, the Tide will not have many scholarship backs playing in the Spring game. Derrick Henry joins Jalston Fowler as backs that will be injured for A-Day. Only two other scholarship RB’s have gotten carries during the two scrimmages – TJ Yeldon and Kenyan Drake. Dee Hart, who was recruited as a RB, started Spring camp working at DB, but has since switched back to RB. So for the Spring game, viewers should expect to see Yeldon, Drake, Hart, and Trey Roberts (walk-on) getting significant carries.

    Now if you’re a Tide hater, don’t get your hopes up just yet! Jalston Fowler and Derrick Henry should be ready for the Fall, and they already weigh more than most LB’s. On top of that, Bama will add Alvin Kamara, Tyren Jones, and Altee Tenpenny to the depth charts. The newcomers were the 4th, 8th, and 10th rated RB’s in the class of 2013, according to ESPN.