Saban to "revisit" playing Chris Black

Chris Black

On the SEC Championship coaches teleconference Sunday afternoon, Alabama coach Nick Saban said they may have to "revisit" the decision to redshirt or play Chris Black now that Kenny Bell is out for the rest of the season.

Looks like Chris Black could get some playing time this season after all.

The true freshman wide receiver, who would have been on Alabama's two-deep depth chart if healthy, injured his shoulder in August and hasn't played a snap for the Crimson Tide this season.

Black started practicing again—in a no-contact jersey—about three weeks ago, and Alabama head coach Nick Saban said Sunday afternoon on the SEC Championship coaches teleconference that he has been "cleared medically to come back and play."

"We may have to revisit whether we decide to redshirt him or go ahead and let him play," Saban said.

This comes on the heels of Kenny Bell going down with a broken leg against Auburn Saturday. The junior was A.J. McCarron's go-to deep threat and one of the more experienced receivers with a knack for making explosive plays. He averaged 25.4 yards on his 17 receptions and scored three touchdowns this season.

"Kenny's done a fantastic job for us," Saban said. "His yards per catch are because he makes a lot of big catches. He has great vertical speed, certainly complements the other guys that we have."

The Tide's receiving corps hasn't been at full strength all season. Black's pre-season injury was the first blow, then sophomore starter DeAndrew White tore his ACL against Ole Miss in September and now Bell is out, too.

Only freshmen Marvin Shinn and Cyrus Jones remain behind Bell on the depth chart.

"That's always a difficult circumstance," Saban said. "We have some other really good players who have played consistently for us this year and we're going to try and put them in the best position."


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