What we know about Jameson Williams' injury in Alabama football's CFP National Championship game

Nick Gray
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama football wide receiver Jameson Williams left Monday's CFP National Championship Game against Georgia in the second quarter with an apparent lower-body injury.

Williams did not return to the game, though he wanted to in the second half, coach Nick Saban said after the game. 

Here's what we know about Williams' injury after Alabama's 33-18 loss.

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What was the play where Jameson Williams was injured?

Williams was injured trying to make a cut after a 40-yard reception in the second quarter. Williams immediately reached for his left knee after falling to the turf.

Lucas Oil Stadium, the site of Monday's game in Indianapolis, has a Fieldturf surface.

What happened after the play? 

Williams was helped to the medical tent behind the Alabama sideline, then walked back to the locker room for further evaluation.

What is Jameson Williams' status?

Williams will not know the severity of the injury until he undergoes an MRI, Saban said after the game. 

"He actually wanted to play in the second half and the medical staff wouldn't let him, which I think was smart because he has a future as a football player," Saban said. "Look, this guy contributed tremendously to our team all year. He has great speed. He's a vertical threat. I think our offensive coaches did a great job of utilizing his talent this year. He's been very productive. Any time you lose players like this, it has an impact on your team."

What did Nick Saban say about Jameson Williams' injury at halftime?

In his halftime interview with ESPN, Alabama coach Nick Saban initially elaborated on what the Crimson Tide would need from younger receivers if Williams does not return.

"Well, I think we've got other players that have an opportunity. There are a lot of young guys out there," Saban told ESPN's Holly Rowe at halftime. "They've got talent, so they have to play with competitive character and have a chance to make some plays.

"They're capable. They don't have the experience, but they're going to get it tonight."

How did Williams' injury impact Alabama's receiving rotation?

Slade Bolden had already recorded four catches before Williams' injury, then had two catches to complete the Tide's drive that resulted in a field goal.

John Metchie III, the other major target for Alabama, suffered a season-ending knee injury in the SEC Championship Game. 

It was Bolden, tight ends Jahleel Billingsley and Cameron Latu, and a host of underclassmen receivers who were forced to step up in Metchie and Williams' absence, should Williams not return to Monday's game.

"Yeah, it gives other players opportunities. And I'm not disappointed in how they responded to that, but there's no question that you win with great players," Saban said. "You win with great people. And (Williams has) been a great person and a great player on our team all year long. So when you take him out of the lineup, it has to have some impact."