Alabama redshirt senior Robert Foster suffered lacerations that necessitated 27 stitches over the weekend, the wide receiver announced on social media.

The accident occurred in the parking lot adjacent to the Mal Moore athletic complex, TideSports.com has learned. Foster, riding a dirt bike, was struck by an automobile. Bamainsider.com first reported the news Monday morning.

Foster is poised to have a season many believed he wold when he signed with the Crimson Tide out of Monaca, Pa. During the spring, UA coach Nick Saban said Foster needs to have a role on this year’s team.

“Robert Foster had a role on the team two years ago before he got hurt,” Saban said. “Certainly a guy who would be a real plus for us because of the speed that he has, the vertical ability that he gives us on the outside. I think he’s playing better than he did a year ago and hopefully he will continue to improve and have a role on the team. I think we need for him to do that.”

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