Wednesday practice report
Under partly cloudy skies and 88-degree conditions, Alabama returned to the practice field as it gets ready to open conference play against Arkansas on Saturday. The Tide worked outside and in full pads.
Many of the questions around the Southeastern Conference this week have centered around the health of Tyler Wilson. Wilson suffered an injury in Arkansas’ loss to Louisana-Monroe and has not been able to full practice this week.
“He was out there yesterday, so maybe he can be able to get out and get some throwing and all of that and be ready to go,” Arkansas head coach John L. Smith said on Wednesday’s SEC coaches’ teleconference. “I am more optimistic. But still, that decision’s not been made yet,” Smith said. “It’s not in my hands. I’m keeping my fingers cross.”
Alabama’s preparations during practice this week have likely been built around the chance that Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson may or may not play on Saturday.
“I think regardless of the mix of the players, you still have to defend the good players that they have and the positions that they put them in and the system and the scheme that they use,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said during Wednesday’s teleconference. “I think that is what we are focused on because the rest of it we can’t really control. We are going to try to do the best job that we can do to execute what we do to give us the best chance to be successful against what they do, which is extremely difficult to defend.”
There were no players wearing black jerseys on Wednesday, but there were a number of player that continued to wear braces and extra taping. Kevin Norwood, who appeared to be limited on Tuesday and was wearing a sleeve on his leg, appeared to back at full speed and participated in all of the drills during the media viewing period.
Freshman linebacker Reggie Ragland, who has been dealing with a sprained ankle, did not appear limited during drills. Redshirt freshman H-back Brent Calloway was moving fine with the H-backs, but had a bit of extra protection on his shoulder.
The Tide’s other injured defensive starters, Jesse Wiliams, Dee Milliner and Adrian Hubbard all looked fit and ready for Saturday’s game, though Hubbard continues to practice with extra wrap on his sprained elbow. Senior defensive end Quinton Dial sported a brace on his left elbow during the media viewing period.
Nick Saban will meet with reporters following the Tide’s practice during his final press conference before Saturday’s game against Arkansas.
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