CFB notebook: Alabama LB Lewis has torn ACL

Alabama linebacker Terrell Lewis sustained a torn ACL in his right knee last week, the school announced Tuesday.

“Terrell Lewis suffered a torn right ACL last week while training,” Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said in a statement. “He underwent successful surgery today, and a timeframe for his return is unknown at this time.”

Lewis was projected to be a starter in the upcoming season. The torn ACL is the second significant injury Lewis has sustained in less than a year. He suffered an elbow injury in the season opener against Florida State that sidelined him 10 games last season.

Lewis recorded 16 tackles and a sack during the final four games of the season. Lewis’ injury comes one day after the Crimson Tide announced fellow linebacker VanDarius Cowan was dismissed from the program for a violation of team rules.

–Iowa cornerback Manny Rugamba is leaving the school and plans to transfer.

Rugamba, who will be entering his junior season, announced his decision via his Twitter account but offered no reason for his departure.

“I would like to first thank the whole Iowa Coaching staff for the last two years of life lessons both on and off the field,” wrote Rugamba. “The relationships that I’ve made are some that will last a lifetime. With that being said I have opened my recruitment and plan to transfer and find another home this fall.”

Rugamba started eight games as a sophomore in 2017 after sitting out the season opener due to a suspension for an unspecified violation of team rules. He had 36 tackles and four passes defended.

–USC wide receiver Joseph Lewis was released from jail after serving a 21-day sentence.

Lewis, whose was freed on Friday, has been on suspension from the school since he was arrested in February in connection with two domestic violence incidents.

In May, Lewis pleaded no contest in May to two misdemeanor counts of domestic battery with an injury. A school spokesman told the Los Angeles Times that Lewis remains off the team roster.

As part of the plea agreement, Lewis still has to fulfill 36 months of probation, a one-year domestic violence treatment course and comply with a protective order to stay at least 100 yards from the victim, the newspaper reported.

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