ORLANDO – Miller Forristall felt comfortable standing in front of a podium Monday morning addressing the media.

Speaking with, and entertaining, the media is something the Alabama tight end is used to, but hasn’t been able to for several weeks due to a freak injury he sustained against Arkansas in October.

Since then he’s been recovering from surgery and is expected to play in Wednesday’s Citrus Bowl against Michigan.

“I feel good, how about you?” Forristall said during the Day for Kids event at Fun Spot with the Alabama and Michigan players and several kids from the Lift Orlando program.

He seemed to be back to his old self.

Forristall said he took an elbow to the throat in the first quarter against Arkansas but didn’t realize how serious it was until after the game.

“We really didn’t know what it was until after the game,” he said. “Then we went and got it taken care of.

“I broke my larynx and my hyoid bone in my throat, They had to go in and put in a couple of screws and a couple of plates in on Monday (two days after the game).”

The injury could have been worse. The hyoid bone acts as an anchoring structure for the tongue. Forristall’s hyoid bone and larynx, where the vocal cords are located, were both damaged and could have affected his breathing if not dealt with immediately.

“It wasn’t too bad,” he said. “My voice was gone by the end of the game. I was just very blessed to end up in the situation with how it ended up and with how our staff handled it after the game.

“I’m very blessed. This could have been worse. The severity of it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.”

It didn’t take long for him to get back to talking again after surgery.

“I could speak after a couple of days,” he said. “Eating was the worst part. I dropped a couple of pounds. But I’m back and glad to be back with the team.”

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