​McCarron Arrives for Game in Walking Boot​​

August 31, 2021

A.J. McCarron was spotted wearing a walking boot on his right foot as the Alabama Crimson Tide arrived in Atlanta for Saturday’s Chick-Fil-A Kickoff game. However, McCarron will still play against Virginia Tech.

Alabama coach Nick Saban had not mentioned a possible injury this week, though McCarron was known to have bruised a foot in practice earlier in the month. According to ESPN, McCarron was wearing the boot because of an ingrown toenail.

Alabama has frequently used walking boots in recent years as a precautionary measure.

“AJ practiced all week, will play tomorrow and (wearing the boot) is just a precautionary measure,” an Alabama spokesperson told ESPN.

McCarron’s backup is junior Blake Sims.

Knowing ESPN, every time he drops back, plants to throw, or runs out of the pocket, someone will be analyzing his feet and ankles on a high speed camera to find any possible evidence of trouble.

The Tide could just have McCarron hand off to the 15 or so five-star running backs the team has on every play and still cover the 20-point spread, so it doesn’t matter a ton this weekend. We’ll keep an eye on it, but if he looks like his normal self in Atlanta, you can probably just forget this ever happened.

Virginia Tech enters the game after losing starting tight end Ryan Malleck to a shoulder injury for the season.