Alabama WR Cam Sims Tears ACL

Cam Sims catches a touchdown against Western Carolina in 2014 (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America)
Cam Sims catches a touchdown against Western Carolina in 2014 (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America)

Alabama WR Cam Sims Tears ACL

The bad news for Alabama will not stop this weekend. The latest news is that wide receiver Cam Sims tore his ACL in practice, according to Matt Zenits of al.com.

Early Saturday morning, defensive back Geno Smith was arrested on a DUI charge. Then on Sunday, it was reported that defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor was arrested for domestic assault. Nick Saban  subsequently kicked Taylor off the team.

Sims posted an ominous Tweet about an injury, but offered no specifics.

As a true freshman in 2014, Sims played in 12 games finishing with 7 catches for 62 yards and a touchdown (pictured above). He was expected to see a lot more playing time with Amari Cooper, DeAndrew White, and Christion Jones all moving on. Those three were the top three receivers on the Tide.

Recovery time for a torn ACL can be as quick as 6 months or as long as 12 months. That would mean Sims could be back as early the game at Georgia on October 3, but that would require everything goes correct in his rehab.

Another option would be to redshirt in 2015 with Sims coming back in 2016 as a redshirt sophomore and still have 3 years of eligibility.

Alabama’s spring practice comes to an end on Saturday, April 18.

Alabama DT Jonathan Taylor Arrested, Kicked Off Team

Jonathan Taylor with the Georgia Bulldogs in 2013 (247 Sports)
Jonathan Taylor with the Georgia Bulldogs in 2013 (247 Sports)

Alabama DT Jonathan Taylor Arrested

Alabama defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor has been arrested for domestic violence and criminal mischief according to Cecil Hurt of the Tuscaloosa News.

This is not Taylor’s first time in trouble and he was arrested before on domestic violence charges in July 2014 while a member of the Georgia Bulldogs. That incident facilitated his exit from Athens and he eventually ended up at Alabama as one of Nick Saban’s “second chance” signees.

The following is a statement released by Alabama regarding the signing of Taylor:

“Jonathan Taylor was admitted to The University of Alabama following the same procedures that the UA Admissions office uses to evaluate any student who has dealt with legal issues. The admissions process includes representatives from academic, legal, student affairs, student conduct, UAPD and counseling. Athletics is not involved in the admissions process. Taylor’s continued enrollment depends on his ability to fulfill all requirements the University has specifically mandated for him during his time as a UA student.”

As for this most recent incident, Taylor is in jail on two $500 bonds. Below are the details of the incident, per ESPN:

“According to an incident report, police officers responded to a call near Alabama’s campus to speak with a victim who told police she was assaulted by her boyfriend at approximately 6 p.m. on Saturday.

After speaking to the victim about an altercation that took place at her residence, officers located the suspect at the victim’s residence and spoke to him about the incident. Officers found probable cause to arrest the suspect.

The 24-year-old victim had minor injuries to her neck from the assault, according to the police report. The officer also noted in the report damage to a bedroom closet door with a hole punched in it.”

As a Georgia Bulldog in 2013, Taylor played in 10 games and recorded nine stops. He also had 1.5 tackles-for-loss and a sack. He redshirted in 2012 as a freshman in his first year at Georgia.

Taylor’s arrest marks the second time an Alabama player has been arrested this past week. Previously, defensive back Geno Smith was arrested for DUI on early Saturday morning.

Update 11:14 AM EST: Alabama is aware of the incident regarding Jonathan Taylor.

Deborah Lane, associate vice president for university relations, released a statement Sunday morning saying: “UA is aware of the incident. The student has been referred to Judicial Affairs.”

Update 2:43 PM EST: Nick Saban has kicked Jonathan Taylor off the team in light of his arrest.

“Jonathan Taylor has been dismissed from the team and is no longer a part of our program,” Saban’s statement began. “This will still need to go through the legal process, but when he was given an opportunity here, it was under strict guidelines and we made it clear there was a zero tolerance policy.”