Jones, Fluker On Tide Injury List

Julio Jones, one of the few Alabama players who had a good game in the Crimson Tide's loss to South Carolina Saturday, was playing for much of the game with a broken hand. It is not known how long the junior wide receiver will be out of action.

In his regular Monday press briefing, Alabama Coach Nick Saban said "Julio Jones hurt his hand in the game. Nobody really knew it was broken. He played the whole game -- he did it in the first half. He played the entire game with it.

"When he was X-rayed Saturday evening, we decided--the doctor decided--the best thing to do would be to plate it and screw it. He did have a fractured hand that was surgically repaired.

"The prognosis for it is as soon as he can tolerate using his hand, which will be, probably, the palm of his hand, he's cleared to play. That may be three or four days. It may be a week. I don't know. On Wednesday, we'll probably assess where he is and kind of go from there. He obviously played the whole game with it. It may or may not be an issue, but we can't really tell right now."

Saban said that he had confidence in several other wide receivers, naming Darius Hanks, Marquis Maze, and Earl Alexander.

Jones and fellow Foley High School alumnus, starting left tackle D.J. Fluker, were added to the injury list in the loss at South Carolina.

Saban said, "D.J. Fluker has got a pretty severe groin injury. That will probably keep him out at least a week, maybe longer, just depending on how he responds to treatment."

Saban said Alfred McCullough had been Alabama's "swing tackle," meaning the back-up at both left and right tackles, and had replaced Fluker at right tackle against South Carolina and would probably be the replacement for Fluker Saturday.

Jack linebacker Courtney Upshaw, the defensive player of the week in the Southeastern Conference in Alabama's win over Florida two weeks ago, was barely able to participate against South Carolina as he seemed to have re-injured his ankle, an injury that had limited him in earlier games this year.

" Courtney Upshaw will probably be slowed for a day or two," Saban said.

He said that back-up inside linebacker Chris Jordan has been nursing a hamstring injury and missed the South Carolina game. "Hopefully, he'll get better this week," Saban said.

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