Several NFL stars had big bones to pick with Nick Saban on Monday night … with Patrick Mahomes, Jalen Ramsey and others blasting the coach and the Tide for playing injured star Jaylen Waddle.
The future NFL wideout broke his ankle against Tennessee back on Oct. 24 … and had to have major surgery to repair the damage.
But, Waddle still suited up for the Tide’s championship game with Ohio State … and it became clear right away, the dude was nowhere close to 100 percent.
After catching a pass on the first drive of the game, he had a noticeable limp … and seconds later, stars throughout the NFL wondered out loud why the hell he was playing.
“Who advised 17 for Bama to play?” Ramsey said in a tweet. “Whoever it is definitely doesn’t have his best interest at heart. As a competitor, I understand why he would want to play, but no way he should be out there with the future he has ahead. I hope he can stay safe.”
Added Mahomes, “Respect the heart! But you can’t let that man be out there!”
Even Tennessee Titans star A.J. Brown chimed in, writing on his social media page, “Waddle please sit down.”
Waddle is expected to be a possible top-15 pick in April’s NFL draft — which caused star Colts linebacker Darius Leonard to also fire away at ‘Bama, writing, “Cmon nick don’t let Waddle do this, he’s hurt and shouldn’t be out there! Cmon bro! Sometimes you gotta protect players from themselves!”
For Waddle and ‘Bama’s part, the school said the wideout was cleared by doctors to return to football activities with the team last week.
Saban had told ESPN in the lead-up to the game the final decision to play would be up to Waddle.