McCarron says he injured his ribs during a 38-7 victory against Mississippi State on Oct. 27 when he was sacked. Alabama was winning 24-0 at the time and McCarron did not play in the fourth quarter of the game. He was limited in practice the following week.
"I had three ribs come out of place," McCarron told ESPN.com. "They kept popping in and out of place, the one at the top, and it was just a nagging pain the whole time. I couldn't throw much during the week for a long time, really almost up to the bowl game. I was hurting really bad through the week, and it just took a long time for those ribs to heal."McCarron still led the Crimson Tide to their second consecutive national championship this season, throwing four touchdown passes in a 42-14 rout over Notre Dame in the BCS Championship game.