Fowler, who suffered a knee injury during the latter stages of the contest against Western Kentucky, will undergo surgery, and is likely to miss the remainder of the 2012 season.
While the official news of Fowler’s injury and prognosis is obviously a negative blow to the Alabama offense and to Fowler himself, the Sunday afternoon “rumor mill” potentially left several Alabama fans caught
off-guard by today’s information.
Tony Orlando, the editor of BamaHammer.com, published a tweet Sunday afternoon that suggested Fowler’s knee injury was not a
season-ender, but rather a possible hyperextension that could be remedied with rehab and therapy. While Orlando was merely passing along an unconfirmed report, which he never claimed to be 100 percent factual, a small group of Alabama fans decided to spin the news as the “gospel truth” and tweeted various versions of the story which essentially suggested that Fowler would return in a few weeks.
Original Fowler tweet
Before Sunday morphed into Monday, the BamaHammer twitter feed reiterated that any “positive news” in respect to Fowler was simply speculation. Eventually the website post, which contained the original optimistic prognosis, was removed. However, that certainly didn’t stop the aforementioned “faction” from spinning a rumor into an undeniable truth.
Updated Fowler tweet
Social media confusion aside, the loss of Jalston Fowler is unfortunate, but not devastating, in regards to the Tide offense. Can Fowler be replaced in the literal sense, probably not, but in respect to solid pass blockers and running backs, Alabama is still very proficient.
The core group of Eddie Lacy, T.J. Yeldon, Dee Hart, and Kenyan Drake will now form the Alabama rushing attack, which even without Fowler, is still one of the best collective units in the SEC.