Terrell Lewis won’t play against Clemson

Alabama linebacker Terrell Lewis (24) practices in Tuscaloosa Jan. 1. (Ben Flanagan / AL.com) (

Terrell Lewis will have to sit out one final time for Alabama.

While the outside linebacker has continued to progress coming back from the torn ACL he suffered in July, he said Saturday that he’s not going to be able to play against Clemson in the national championship game on Monday.

Back in early December, Lewis didn’t rule out returning to play at some point during the playoffs, though he did make it sound like a return this year was unlikely.

“It’s not really all up to me,” Lewis said at the time. “It’s mainly the doctors’ decision. Right now, I’m moving good and stuff like that. They’re really mainly focused on how explosive and powerful I’ll be when I get back out there. They don’t really want to chance it if it’s not working, like a risk-reward situation.”

Matt Zenitz is an Alabama and Auburn reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @mzenitz.

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