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Alabama football: Trey Sanders back running 4 months after car accident (Video)


Alabama football running back Trey Sanders shown running on an anti-gravity treadmill after suffering a hip injury from a car accident four months ago

Alabama sophomore running back Trey Sanders is on the road to recovery nearly four months after suffering a hip injury from a car accident in his home state of Florida.

Sanders, who still hasn’t been cleared to run, was shown running with assistance on an anti-gravity AlterG treadmill as part of his rehab with Alabama Director of Football Rehabilitation, Jeremy Gsell.

Alabama football running back Trey Sanders is making a remarkable comeback

The former five-star running back was in the car with his brother Umstead when the two were victims of a nasty car accident on Nov. 6. Sanders, who was t-boned in his car needed to be life-flighted to Bay Medical with non-life-threatening injuries where he underwent surgery, ultimately ending his redshirt freshman season with the Crimson Tide.

After missing the entire 2019 campaign with a foot injury, the Port Saint Joe, Fla., native was fitting into his role as a backup running back to Najee Harris last season, having rushed for 134 yards on 30 carries (4.47 yards per carry) in four games.

Just four days prior to his season-ending car accident, the redshirt freshman rushed for a career-high 80 yards on 12 attempts, including two 20-yard touchdown rushes in Alabama’s win over Mississippi State.

The sight of Sanders being able to run with assistance prior to being cleared to run on his own volition is great news for Alabama head football coach Nick Saban, who will be tasked to replace the nation’s best running back from a season ago in Najee Harris.

Sanders will undoubtedly see more carries once he’s cleared to play this fall and will be part of a deep running back squad that brings back four contributors from 2020 and the addition of five-star recruit Camar Wheaton.

The Crimson Tide are scheduled to begin spring practices in two weeks and will kick off their 2021 season with a neutral-site contest against Miami on Sept. 4, in Atlanta.

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