Alabama’s Hightower will need surgery

Statement from Alabama head coach Nick Saban on sophomore linebacker Dont’a Hightower:
“Dont’a Hightower’s MRI confirmed that he has ligament damage in his knee that will require surgery. Dont’a is a fine young man, has been an outstanding player for us, and we are confident he will make a full recovery.”

Nick Saban’s statement released today confirms the fear from Saturday’s game. Hightower has been an impressive part of the Alabama defense.

According to the Bama Beat, Alabama has already begun discussion of a medical redshirt. The Bama Beat reports, “The extent of Hightower’s injury was feared moments after he took a helmet on his knee near the two-minute mark of Saturday’s victory over Arkansas. A source said UA began discussing procedures for trying to obtain a redshirt year for Hightower immediately after Saturday’s game.”

Hightower had 16 tackles and one sack in 2009.