Offseason storylines: The wounded return

Editor's note: The season is over and the Alabama Crimson Tide are national champions yet again. But what happens next? TideNation examines the most pressing storylines of the offseason as the Tide gear up for another title defense.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Often the one thing standing between a team and a berth in the national championship is health. The quarterback or running back might fall and the season quickly circles the drain. There's nothing to be done about it. Sometimes the ball just bounces the wrong way.

Luckily for the University of Alabama, the ball careened a few times but never hit any irreplaceable parts. Several talented players who were injured and replaced can now enjoy a championship ring -- but their offseason now revolves around finding playing time on a roster that won a title without their help.