Alabama linebacker Mack Wilson missed two games this season after sustaining a foot injury against LSU. But the sophomore had been playing through an injury even before that, defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt said.

“Mack has played the entire year, really, with a foot injury,” Pruitt said on Friday. “We’ve had to limit what he could do at practice. He had his surgery after the LSU game and the fact that he’s been back will obviously help us, especially with Dylan (Moses) being out.”

Wilson is part of a long list of Alabama linebackers who have missed games with injuries this year. Rashaan Evans, Shaun Dion Hamilton, Anfernee Jennings, Christian Miller and Terrell Lewis all missed multiple regular season games. Hamilton is out for the year, and Moses will not return for the Sugar Bowl.

Push through it

Before the LSU game, Wilson was a key part of Alabama’s inside linebacker rotation. He had 22 tackles in 11 games and was tied for the team lead with three interceptions. He returned for the Auburn game and had one tackle.

“He’s had an injury all year,” Pruitt said. “He just found a way to push through it.”