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Alabama vs. Texas Injury Report: Can Texas Cover the Spread?

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Alabama running back Brian Robinson Jr. (4) reaches out to Alabama tight end Cameron Latu (81) after
Alabama running back Brian Robinson Jr. (4) reaches out to Alabama tight end Cameron Latu (81) after / Gary Cosby Jr. / USA TODAY NETWORK

The Alabama Crimson Tide come into their game versus the Texas Longhorns as the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, and a -21.5 point favorite, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. The game isn't supposed to be close, but a couple of injuries have the power to change that.

Alabama Injury Report:

Alabama was extremely lucky that no injuries occurred in their season-opening game. Their redshirt senior starting tight end, Cameron Latu, missed the week one matchup with a knee injury, but he's expected to play in the team's week two matchup. 

"He's doing well," Saban told reporters recently. "Runs well, moves well. Practiced quite a bit last week. Thought he needed another week of practice." Latu holds the single-season record for most touchdown receptions by an Alabama tight end. His connection with last year's Heisman Trophy winner, Bryce Young, will be in full effect.

Another one of Young's targets, Aaron Anderson, suffered a knee injury that's held him out of practice. His head coach said he thinks the injury is minor and that he will return soon. 

“Aaron Anderson has a little knee injury, but he'll be back in a few weeks, as well,” Saban said. Anderson was rated as a top prospect from Edna Karr high school in New Orleans, La. His track-like speed will be a weapon for the high-flying Alabama offense.

Texas Injury Report:

The Texas Longhorns escaped their week one matchup unscathed, similarly to Alabama. But, in fall camp, they suffered two significant injuries affecting this rivalry game. Isaiah Neyor sustained a season-ending knee injury in fall camp, and that has caused a lack of depth in the wide receiver room. 

He transferred from Wyoming to help take the load off star wide receiver Xavier Worthy, but his absence might cause redshirt freshman quarterback, Quinn Ewers, to hold the ball a little longer than he would like to, and we know Will Anderson loves the sound of that.

Another critical injury to the Longhorns' hopes is the injury of offensive guard Junior Angilau. He tore his ACL in practice last month after starting all 34 games since his redshirt freshman season.

The injury is not only hurtful to a rebuilding offensive line but will hurt the most against the five-star studded Crimson Tide defensive line. Star running back Bijan Robison might see a couple of red jerseys in the backfield on Saturday.

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