Jameson Williams, Alabama’s star wide receiver, suffered an apparent knee injury in the second quarter of the national title game, and when he returned to the field in the third quarter, he was wearing sweatpants and did not look ready to play.
Williams caught a pass from quarterback Bryce Young but spun awkwardly before falling to the ground. He immediately grabbed his left knee.
He was helped off the field and entered a medical tent on the Alabama sideline. A few minutes later, he walked under his own power to the locker room of Alabama.
Williams, who moved to Alabama from Ohio State, has over 1,500 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns this season.
He had four catches for 65 yards before he was out of the game.
Alabama coach Nick Saban said at halftime that the injury would give other players a chance to shine late in the game.
Early in the third quarter, ESPN reporter Holly Rowe reported that the coaches declined to provide an update on Williams’ condition, and team officials in the press box did not immediately announce Williams’ status.