Alabama cornerback Eddie Jackson will miss the remainder of spring practice after suffering ligament damage in his knee during a scrimmage on Saturday, Nick Saban confirmed in a statement to Andrew Gribble of AL.com.
The injury was first reported by ESPN's Alex Scarborough on Sunday. Sources told Scarborough that Jackson had suffered an torn ACL.
In his statement, Saban did not elaborate on Jackson's injury, but said he hoped that the sophomore would be back by the start of the season.
"Eddie Jackson had an MRI Sunday which confirmed that he had ligament damage in his knee that required surgery," Saban said in a university statement. "We have a great medical staff here and he will have the full support of everyone in the organization as he goes through the rehab process. We are confident Eddie will make a full recovery and be ready to go this fall."
Jackson saw playing time in seven games as a true freshman in 2013 and registered 19 tackles, one interception and two fumble recoveries. Saban told reporters on Saturday that Jackson, who had been practicing with the first-team defense, had put together an impressive spring.
"Eddie was having a great spring and [was] probably our best corner, most consistent," Saban said.If Jackson is unable to play during the 2014 campaign, Alabama will likely turn to veteran cornerbacks Bradley Sylve and Cyrus Jones to help shore up secondary. Five-star cornerback signee Marlon Humphrey will also arrive on campus this summer and could make an immediate impact.