Saban, following Thursday's practice, notified the media of Tomlinson's situation. While no official word was given as to the detailed nature of the injury, Saban noted that a timetable would be given after the surgical procedure.
Have to feel for Bama DE Dalvin Tomlinson, who will require surgery on his knee. He redshirted last year recovering from a knee injury.Tide beat writer Andrew Gribble has more on the story...
— Alex Scarborough (@AlexS_ESPN) September 5, 2013
Alabama DE Dalvin Tomlinson injures knee, will undergo surgery http://t.co/roQIXW57E9Tomlinson, who was considered a vital reserve at the defensive end position, made his Crimson Tide debut against Virginia Tech.
— Andrew Gribble (@Andrew_Gribble) September 5, 2013
In terms of a replacement on the depth chart, expect true freshmen Jonathan Allen and/or A'Shawn Robinson to fill Tomlinson's role.