Tyrone Prothro's playing career is all but finished. The Alabama receiver, who suffered a grisly compound fracture of his left leg in a 2005 victory against Florida, has been put on a medical hardship scholarship, meaning he is ineligible to play this season.
Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban tried to soften the news regarding the fifth-year senior by saying: "We do have a plan to try to further continue [Prothro's] rehabilitation and we're hopeful that he can come back and play football someday. But our medical staff is 99.9 percent sure this is a long-term issue we're dealing with and it would be unusual for a guy to come back. But you can appeal [to the NCAA] down the road if a guy can come back."
The bottom line: Prothro's injury should have never happened. The Crimson Tide held a 31-3 lead over the Gators with under nine minutes remaining when Prothro, who should not have even been in the game, got hurt. And Alabama coach Mike Shula should have known better. In 2004, he lost quarterback Brodie Croyle to injury during a blowout against dreaded Western Carolina.
A tribute to an electrifying player: