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Alabama Crimson Tide star WR John Metchie to miss College Football Playoff with torn ACL

John Metchie III Alabama Crimson Tide

The Alabama Crimson Tide came out victorious against the top-ranked Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday – but it did come at a cost. Star wide receiver John Metchie III suffered a knee injury that appears to be serious.

According to a report from ESPN’s Mark Schlabach, the Crimson Tide may have a torn ACL which would keep him out of the Alabama lineup for the College Football Playoff.

via Adam Schefter from Mark Schlabach:

Alabama WR John Metchie III is expected to miss the College Football Playoff after suffering what Crimson Tide officials believe to be a torn ACL in his left knee in Saturday’s 41-24 victory vs. Georgia in the SEC championship game, sources told Mark Schlabach

Metchie hurt himself on a non-contact play while running a route with just under a minute left in the first half. He finished with 97 yards on eight catches with a touchdown for Alabama as the Crimston Tide ran away with it in the second half despite the wideout’s absence.

“John Metchie is probably going to be out now, and we have a couple other guys that may be injured,” Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said. “It creates a lot of opportunity for a lot of other players. Hopefully, we’ll be able to get them to step up.”

Metchie has been the top target for Alabama quarterback Bryce Young throughout the season, with a team-leading 96 receptions. With him expected out of commission, Jameson Williams and the rest of the WR room will have to step up and produce.