The top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide will likely be without backup running back Jalston Fowler for the rest of the season due to a knee injury.

Fowler was injured during Alabama's home opener against Western Kentucky on Saturday and will have surgery in the near future.

"Jalston has been a great player in the program and a really great special teams guy," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said at Monday's press conference. "It is going to take a number of people to replace him in the various roles that he played on our team."

The 6-foot-1, 242-pound junior carried the ball eight times for 67 yards in the team's season-opening win over nationally-ranked Michigan two weeks ago.