Alabama WR DeVonta Smith exits title game with injury

Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith, who was enjoying a record-setting night, left the College Football Playoff national championship game in the third quarter Monday to be evaluated for an apparent hand injury.

On the second play from scrimmage of the second half, Smith dropped a pass and immediately walked to the sideline, where he was ushered to the white medical tent behind the Crimson Tide bench.

Smith caught 12 passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns in the first half to help Alabama to a 35-17 halftime lead. His reception total was a single-game record for a Bowl Championship Series or CFP national title game, dating back to 1998, and his yardage total ranked second in those contests.

Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle followed Smith to the sideline a few plays later, walking gingerly on his left leg. Waddle missed the previous seven games due to a broken right ankle but was cleared to return Monday for his first game action since Oct. 24.

Waddle did not receive medical attention.