Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, among the top defensive back prospects who could be available for the 2014 NFL Draft, underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee, according to the Instagram account of teammate John Fulton, and played through the injury during the Crimson Tide's 2013 push for a third straight national title.
Clinton-Dix, a junior free safety who will decide in the coming weeks whether to return to college next year or declare draft eligibility, is one of the top talents on the Crimson Tide's defense.
Wrote Fulton, a senior cornerback: "Salute to my lil brudda @_ha6 (@HaHa_CD6 twitter) My young bull pushed through the pain and played wit a torn meniscus for the squad. I'm prayin that your surgery went well and that you have a speedy recovery."
It's unclear when Clinton-Dix may have sustained the injury. Recovery times for a torn meniscus are typically short, and it wouldn't be unforeseeable that Clinton-Dix could be back on the field in time for the Crimson Tide's bowl appearance in early January.
Clinton-Dix was suspended earlier in the season for two games for accepting a loan of less than $500 from a UA staffer who reportedly had ties to an agent. Despite the suspension and the apparent knee injury, he was the team's fourth-leading tackler with 46, and his two interceptions were tied for the team-high.
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