Alabama WR JoJo Earle expected to miss 6-8 weeks with a fractured foot, says Nick Saban

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Alabama wide receiver JoJo Earle is expected to miss 6-8 weeks because of a fractured foot, coach Nick Saban said Wednesday.

Earle sustained a Jones fracture in practice "a couple of days ago," according to Saban.

A Freshman All-SEC selection as a return specialist last season, Earle was expected to compete for a starting job this fall.

"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 missed four games because of a leg injury last season, returning for the College Football Playoff. He caught 12 passes for 148 yards on the season.

Saban told reporters that "hopefully" Earle would be back by Oct. 1.

Alabama plays at Arkansas on Oct. 1 and hosts Texas A&M the following week.

The Crimson Tide lost its top three receivers from last season: All-SEC picks Jameson Williams and John Metchie, and Slade Bolden.

Adding depth via the transfer portal, Alabama added former starters Jermaine Burton from Georgia and Tyler Harrell from Louisville.

Alabama opens the season at home on Sept. 3 against Utah State.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report