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Alabama WR JoJo Earle to miss start of season with foot injury

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: JAN 10 CFP National Championship

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 10: Alabama Crimson Tide WR JoJo Earle (10) signals a fair catch during the Alabama Crimson Tide versus the Georgia Bulldogs in the College Football Playoff National Championship, on January 10, 2022, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama wide receiver JoJo Earle is expected to miss the first month of the season with a broken foot.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Wednesday that Earle sustained a Jones fracture in practice “a couple of days ago”. Saban said recovery typically takes 6-8 weeks and that the sophomore receiver and return man could be back as early as the Arkansas game on Oct. 1.

Alabama opens against Utah State on Sept. 3.

“He was doing a really, really good job, having a really good camp,” Saban said. “Probably the best he’s been on a consistent basis. Just saw a guy that grew up and was playing with a lot of confidence. We’ll miss him for a while.”

Earle had 12 catches last season for 148 yards and averaged 5.9 yards on 15 punt returns. He was vying for a starting job with Alabama having to replace receivers Jameson Williams, John Metchie III and Slade Bolden.

Earle missed three games with a leg injury late last season.