Recovering Kelly likely to be available against Arkansas Saturday
Ryan Kelly, Alabama’s starting center at the beginning of the season who’s been sidelined the past couple of weeks due to a knee injury, probably won’t start against Arkansas this Saturday, but it appears he may return to the field.
The 6-foot-5, 290-pound sophomore has been practicing this week, and, according to Alabama head coach Nick Saban, hasn’t had any setbacks in his return from injury.
“We’re kind of going day by day with him,” Saban said Wednesday morning. “My sense of it is he’ll be available to play in the game if he doesn’t have a setback. We’re hopeful we can get through practice without that happening. Now, is he ready to go out there and play 70 plays in a game? I’m not sure of that. So we’re just going to have to take it day by day.”
Kelly suffered the knee injury — a stretched MCL — in the second quarter of Alabama’s 25-0 win over Ole Miss on Sept. 28. He sat out the remainder of that game as well as both the Georgia State and Kentucky games. Junior Chad Lindsay has filled in for Kelly during his absence.
The top-ranked Crimson Tide will host the Razorbacks Saturday with kickoff set for 6 p.m. CDT. The game will be televised on ESPN.
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