Opportunities from injuries

Chances are rare moments that can create an opportunity to pave a future. When given, chances can be used to their full potential. Those times are the ones that can make or break the opportunity that one has always longed for. For the Alabama Crimson Tide, opportunities for the men standing in the shadows of starters have been opening up all season, and this weekend is no different.

"A couple of guys are nicked up and haven't been able to a whole lot," said head coach Nick Saban on the week's practices. "Eddie (Lacy) has only done very limited reps. He's just got a sore foot, but they expect him to be able to play. Arie (Kouandjio) has had a patella tendon that has flared up on him from time to time, and he was a little limited as well. C.J. Mosley has done very little and probably is still questionable for the game, but probably will be more of a game-time decision depending on what his situation is."

Mosley injured his right elbow in last week's game against Arkansas, and now he might miss the second SEC showdown in the Swamp on Saturday. Senior linebacker Jerrell Harris says Mosley holds a very big role on the team, but knows the player behind him is ready to step up if needed.

"He contributes a lot, but really we pride ourself in the next man up," said Harris. "Coach does a good job making sure the man behind him is always ready to go."

With the Tide missing starters, like senior receiver Darius Hanks in the first two games, the men in crimson and white are used to stepping up and seizing their chance while their teammates are away.

Saban said that Hanks' absence was a good thing for the Tide's receiver group in that it gave them more experience.

"I saw some maturity out of some guys," said Saban. "All those guys played better - Kevin Norwood played better, Kenny Bell played better, DeAndrew White played better. They all played better from the first week to the second week. Hopefully this experience they've all gotten will help them continue to gain confidence and improve as we go through the year."

With no indication of who will take Mosley's spot if he is unfit to play on Saturday, all of the Tide players are awaiting their one chance to create their big opportunity.

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