Update 7:18 p.m. Here’s how Jaylen Waddle looks in warmups: Take your pick as to whether he’ll be a full-go this evening, as isn’t that a slight limp we see there?
Update 6:35 p.m.
Jaylen Waddle is out warming up but he's still slightly favoring that ankle.— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) January 11, 2021
Update 6:30 p.m. From Alabama head coach Nick Saban.
Alabama coach Nick Saban just told Allison Williams that if Jaylen Waddle plays "It will be a limited basis ... That decision will be up to him."— Andrea Adelson (@aadelsonESPN) January 11, 2021
Here’s the process Alabama and Waddle will go through before kickoff to determine if he’s playing.
An update on Jaylen Waddle, per sources:— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) January 11, 2021
Seems likely that he plays tonight but a final determination won't be made until after pre-game warmups. After warm-ups, Waddle, his family and Alabama will meet and make a final decision.https://t.co/t5cBk2WUnc
When Jaylen Waddle suffered an ankle injury in the Alabama Crimson Tide’s win over Tennessee on October 19th, head coach Nick Saban said the star wide receiver would be out for the rest of the season.
But it looks like Waddle might be able to get back on the field on Monday night against Ohio State in the College Football Playoff National Championship.
According to AL.com beat reporter Matt Zenitz, Waddle will go through team warmups before the game and a decision will be made. He also says it’s “likely” the receiver will play after meeting with his family and Alabama to make a final decision.
Waddle played just four full games before getting injured early in the matchup against Tennessee prior to making a reception. He had 557 receiving yards and four touchdowns, making things even more challenging for defenses with Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith on the opposite side. You can’t double everyone, and it’s why Alabama had the No. 1 statistical offense in college football in 2020.
If Waddle is able to play, it will likely be his last game for the Tide, as the NFL will for sure want a potential first-round pick to come to the league as soon as possible.