McElroy played with cracked ribs

Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy (WBRC photo)
Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy (WBRC photo)

By Dennis Washington

PASADENA, CA (WBRC) - Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy played in the national championship game Thursday night with cracked ribs.

McElroy mentioned the injury during post-game interviews Thursday night, and Alabama head coach Nick Saban confirmed the news at a news conference Friday morning.

"This is something that he's had for quite a while, not just from the last game," Saban said. "It's something that did not show up on X-rays for a long time. He's played with it for quite a while, and we actually did a bone scan because at certain times he would feel it, and it didn't go away for a long time. So when we did a bone scan, we saw an old little hairline crack in one of his ribs, nothing dangerous, nothing that he couldn't perform with. It did not bother him in practice much, and I don't think it affected our ability to prepare for the game or his ability to prepare for the game, even though it was a little bit of a nuisance to him at times."

McElroy only completed six of his 11 pass attempts for 58 yards Thursday night in the BCS National Championship game against Texas. Most of Alabama's offense was on the ground, where running backs Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson each rushed for more than 100 yards.

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