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Alabama's DeVonta Smith will not return to National Championship game after hand injury

Nick Gray
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith put together a historic first half in Monday's CFP National Championship Game.

His second half was interrupted after two plays due to a hand injury.

Smith jammed his right hand against Ohio State linebacker Pete Werner during a tackle on the Crimson Tide's first possession of the second half. Smith was flexing his right hand and index finger before an Alabama trainer helped him into the sideline medical tent. The 2020 Heisman Trophy winner eventually went to the locker room, got X-rays and returned to the sideline late in the game without shoulder pads and with his right hand heavily bandaged.

Smith had 12 catches for 215 yards and three touchdowns in the first half as Alabama constructed a 35-17 lead into halftime, including several eye-opening plays.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound senior from Amite, Louisiana burst on the scene as a true freshman with the game-winning touchdown in overtime of the 2017 CFP National Championship Game against Georgia, then made his mark as a major contributor last season with 1,256 yards and 14 touchdowns in an offense that included first-round picks Henry Ruggs and Jerry Jeudy at receiver.

As the main option this season, Smith has astounded the college football world. He has caught 117 passes for 1,856 yards and 20 touchdowns, while adding a rushing and punt return touchdown as well. Smith won the Heisman Trophy last week over Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, teammate Mac Jones, Florida quarterback Kyle Trask and teammate Najee Harris.

This story will be updated.