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Alabama WR John Metchie III suffered torn ACL vs. Georgia in SEC Championship Game, will miss College Football Playoff

The Crimson Tide wide receiver is hurt at the end of a run play, and it would be a huge loss for Alabama in the SEC Championship

Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver John Metchie III celebrates with wide receiver Jameson Williams after catching the game winning pass in overtime against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium.  Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports

Update 10:23 p.m.: The Crimson Tide fear Metchie suffered a torn ACL, which would mean he would miss the CFP games. Alabama is likely to take the top spot in the rankings after Saturday’s win over Georgia in the SEC title game.

Update 6:14 pm: CBS sideline reporter Jamie Erdahl says Metchie suffered a leg injury, and will be out for the rest of the game. It’s a huge loss for the Crimson Tide, who lead 24-17 at halftime.

Update 5:47 pm: Metchie III is moving on his own, but pretty gingerly. We’ll keep an eye on his status.

The Alabama Crimson Tide are showing why they are a formidable force in the SEC and specifically SEC title games, hanging tough with the No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs in hopes of making the College Football Playoff with a win. One issue for Alabama could be the health of John Metchie III, who went down on what turned into a run play for QB Bryce Young.

Metchie was able to walk off the field on his own power after being looked at by trainers. It looks like the receiver is dealing with a knee/leg injury. But the dreaded non-contact injury is here.

The Crimson Tide are driving down the field at the end of the half, scoring a touchdown to take a 24-17 lead over the Bulldogs. Metchie has been a big part of this game with six catches for 97 yards and a touchdown so far. If he cannot return, expect Jameson Williams to take on a bigger role in the offense. According to DraftKings Sportsbook, Alabama was a 6.5-point underdog in this game.