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Nick Saban to have 'struggling' hip evaluated after spring

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Nick Saban is the newest addition to Alabama’s injury report.

The 67-year-old head coach said he will potentially be out for 6-8 weeks after a hip procedure.

“I have one announcement to make,” Saban said. “I’ve been struggling a little bit with one of my hips, and even though they don’t make them like they used to and most players would not to be able to perform in spring practice like I did if they had a similar situation, but nobody could even tell, but I might not be able to play golf for a few weeks. We’re going to do an evaluation of this at the end of spring, but they say even if it’s the worst case scenario, it may be six or eight weeks. But I can still cut a rug and cut them off, I can do whatever I need to do. I can still play golf. But this has a little bothersome, and I don’t want to go into the fall with this being a problem.

“I want to get it fixed because I don’t want to coach for one more year, I want to coach for a lot of more years. So, whenever things like this come up, I want to be aggressive and proactive to try and get it taken care of. We’ll certainly do that, and we’ve got really good people to do it. I don’t think it should be a big deal, but I’ve been keeping this a little bit of a secret because I have so much respect for this group (of reporters). I wanted you to be the first to know. Thank you.”

Saban is entering his 13th season as head coach of the Crimson Tide, and as he said in his closing remarks, he has no intentions of retiring -- though his initial comments might have scared some Alabama fans. Saban’s current contract runs through the 2025 season (Feb. 28, 2026).

But the head coach wasn’t the only injury Saban mentioned during his post-spring game press conference. He said right tackle Matt Womack “hurt his shoulder a little bit” after starting the A-Day Game at right tackle for the Crimson team. Womack moved to right tackle after Jedrick Wills was held out of the scrimmage with an ankle injury. He was on the sideline in street clothes.

Others that did not participate in the A-Day Game were linebackers Terrell Lewis (knee) and Ben Davis (shin splints) and tight end Major Tennison (concussion). Defensive backs Shyheim Carter (sports hernia) and Jalyn Armour-Davis (knee) played in black, no-contact jerseys.

“We have a few players that probably will need to do some medical stuff between now and when we start summer conditioning,” Saban said. “We give everybody exit physicals and try to get everybody in the best healthy situation that we can. We do have a couple shoulders that will need to get scoped.”

Contact Charlie Potter by 247Sports' personal messaging or on Twitter (@Charlie_Potter).

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