After Saturday’s scrimmage, Alabama coach Nick Saban told reporters that projected starting linebacker Josh McMillon sustained an injury in the Crimson Tide’s first scrimmage. He added that more tests would be needed to come to a conclusive answer of how bad it really is.

“Probably the guy that’s most concerning they have to do some research on is Josh McMillon today with a potential knee injury,” Saban said Saturday. “We’ll have to see what that is.”

A new report says it’s really bad news for McMillon.

Sources told’s Matt Zenitz that McMillon is likely out for the whole 2019 season after sustaining a knee injury, but there is a “small chance” he could return late in the year. It’s the second time this weekend that the report of an absence/injury has had the dreaded outcome of a season-ending injury. Freshman RB Trey Sanders was confirmed to be out for the season on Saturday.

McMillon’s injury is a blow to the Alabama defense. The redshirt senior was the top backup in the Crimson Tide position group last season and was expected to start alongside returning standout Dylan Moses at inside linebacker. McMillon spent all spring alongside Moses at inside linebacker, and the duo was poised to start Week 1 together.

After redshirting in 2015 and not playing in 2016, McMillon appeared in 18 games the past two seasons, recording 19 total tackles.