TUSCALOOSA, Alabama - In September, C.J. Mosley dislocated an elbow but only missed two games. In January, glory turned to gory when he dislocated his left hip.
But he didn't dislocate his sense of humor.
When talking Wednesday about the injury that he suffered while returning an interception in the BCS Championship Game, a reporter remarked that it was a pretty good play until he got hurt.
"Yeah, a good five seconds," Mosley said, smiling.
He has seen the gruesome replays.
"I've got pictures and everything," Mosley said after the Crimson Tide's third practice of the spring.
Did that make it hurt more?
"I kind of laughed at it, like, 'Man, I got hurt on that play,'" Mosley said.
He wasn't laughing on the field of the Superdome at the end of a second-and-11 play from LSU's 19-yard line with a little more than seven minutes remaining in the third quarter and Alabama leading 12-0.
Jordan Jefferson dropped back to pass, then stepped forward and flipped a shovel pass over the middle. An LSU running back turned his back just as the ball was released. Mosley caught the ball and returned it 1 yard before he was slammed to the artificial turn by Jefferson.
"Basically I was dropping back in a Cover 2 zone," Mosley said. "It was just like a read-and-reaction play. I was about to break on a running back, and the running back happened to turn his head, and the ball was just there. I just grabbed it."
Tide's C.J. Mosley talks about dislocating his hip in the BCS Championship Game and more
When Mosley went down, knee or ankle injuries were feared, but he knew he had dislocated his hip because the sensation was similar to dislocating his elbow.
"Surprisingly it didn't feel as bad as that," Mosley said.
At least until the joint was popped back into the socket right there on the field.
"I'd say a 10 out of 10 on pain," Mosley said.
"Usually for a hip to dislocate, it has to be like a car accident - like heavy trauma. That's why I was lucky to get it put in there, because they say you usually have to go through anesthesia to get a hip back put in."
The pain was softened by Alabama's 21-0 victory. And where was Mosley when his teammates were celebrating their second national championship in the past three years?
"I was on the field, too," he said. "It was hurting, but I couldn't miss that part. I'd been through this much to help the team. They supported me. When I got carted off the field, I held up four fingers for the fourth quarter. We're all a team, whether we're hurt or anything. I have to be on the field with them."
View full sizeC.J. Mosley (32) is shown with fellow inside linebacker Nico Johnson during Alabama's first spring practice on March 9, 2012. (The Birmingham News/Mark Almond)
The morning after wasn't easy. Mosley had to wear a knee brace to make sure his leg didn't bend the wrong way.
Surgery was deemed unnecessary. Time and rehab were the prescriptions.
"I'm just blessed and proud that I'm back to normal now," Mosley said. "I didn't think I would be as good as I am now, but once I found out that I didn't need surgery and my MRI and CAT scan was good, I just had to have a positive attitude and go through rehab and get better so I could be where I am now."
The hip doesn't ache too much.
"I lost a little motion from the muscle that I hurt, but they said that would come back," Mosley said.
Alabama has lost seven starters - including three linebackers - from the defense that led the nation last season in scoring defense, total defense, rushing defense and passing defense.
"We've got to have that communication," Mosley said of the reloading process. "The younger guys coming in now are doing good so far learning the defense, but it's going to get complicated. It's going to get harder. That's why we've got spring and summer and fall camp to get ready out there, but once the defense gets together and has that communication like last year's team had, we can be as good or greater."
"You never know," Mosley said. "Anything can happen."
Mosley and Nico Johnson shared the weak inside linebacker position last season. With the departure of middle linebacker Dont'a Hightower, Mosley said he, Johnson and Trey DePriest will split time at the two inside linebacker spots, with Tana Patrick in the mix, too.
"It's a rotation, so everybody's playing every position," Mosley said. "You never know what might happen. Somebody might get hurt."
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Edited by Tider27, 23 March 2012 - 02:31 PM.