BamaOnLine.com has confirmed through multiple sources that Alabama freshman running back Dee Hart has sustained a knee injury while running a 7-on-7 drill Tuesday.
BOL has confirmed that Hart has injured his anterior cruiciate ligament, although it's not known at this time (12:00 CST) if Hart has suffered a partial or complete tear.
However, a former coach of Hart's from Dr. Phillips High School told the Orlando Sentinel that Hart is scheduled to have surgery at 8 a.m. on Thursday and will begin rehab immediately on Friday.
Running backs coach Riki Smith said the goal is for Hart to be back in seven-to-10 months, but the timeline could change following the surgery.
"He's good, you know Dee," Smith said. "If that had to happen to any of our kids, that's who I'd rather it happened to because he has the right mindset. The trainer told him 'ok, you have surgery on Thursday and can start rehab next week' and Dee said 'what about Friday?'"
Listed at 5-foot-9, 187 pounds, the true freshman enrolled in January in hopes of landing playing time this fall.
Hart had five carries for 17 yards and a touchdown for the Crimson Team during A-Day, and also fielded three punts. Only Richardson and Lacy had more carries during the scrimmage.
The MVP of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Hart set 23 school records at Dr. Phillips and finished as the school's leader in rushing yards (4,151), 100-yard rushing games (18), 200-yard rushing games (four), points scored (518), total touchdowns (88) and all-purpose yards (7,405).
His senior season he accumulated 2,224 rushing yards on 253 carries (8.8 average) and scored 41 rushing touchdowns and 50 total touchdowns with seven receiving and two on returns. Including his 31 receptions for 563 yards Hart finished with 3,394 all-purpose yards and was named the Class 6A State Player of the Year and runner-up for Mr. Football in Florida.
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