The Alabama Crimson Tide will be missing two weapons on Saturday when the Kent State Golden Flashes come strolling into Bryant-Denny Stadium. According to SEC Country’s Marq Burnett, wide receivers ArDarius Stewart and Robert Foster will both be sidelined with knee injuries for the Week 4 affair.
Stewart, a 6-1 junior, suffered a sprain during the first half of last Saturday’s game versus Ole Miss. He has been the No. 2 wide receiver option this season behind Calvin Ridley. Stewart has caught 13 balls for 205 yards for the Crimson Tide through the first three weeks.
He was off to a breakthrough season in 2015, as his 700 yards receiving have been a big boost to the offense and then-starting quarterback Jake Coker. The Stewart-Ridley combo during last season’s National Championship run was huge as well, silencing the doubters that believed head coach Nick Saban had a one-dimensional team behind the likes of running back Derrick Henry.
Foster tweaked his knee in practice on Tuesday, according to AL.com. The 6-2 junior has caught only three passes in 2016 following a season with 10 receptions for 116 yards and a pair of scores.
For Saban and Alabama, Week 4 is the ideal slot to sideline the two wide receivers, who are believed to have only short-term setbacks at this point. The offense still has the aforementioned Ridley and the prototypical ground game to make Saturday a nightmare for the Golden Flashes, not to mention a defense that harnessed another Group of Five opponent, Western Kentucky, two weeks ago.