DePriest Sidelined With Foot Injury

Trey DePriest was something of a surprise addition to the stationary bicycle riders at Alabama football practices this week. On Wednesday Alabama Coach Nick Saban announced that DePriest would be out of practice for the remainder of spring practice after having surgery to repair a stress fracture of his foot.



Alabama completed the !0th practice of 15 spring training days Wednesday. It was the second day Trey DePriest, an upcoming junior inside linebacker, had joined wide receiver Kevin Norwood and defensive back Jonathan Fulton working under the eyes of strength and conditioning coaches and trainers riding the conditioning apparatus.

Last year DePriest, a 6-2, 245-pounder from Springfield, Ohio, was Alabama's second leading tackler with 59 stops.

Following practice Wednesday, Crimson Tide Coach Nick Saban said, "Trey DePriest had a stress fracture in his foot. He might have hurt it a little worse in the scrimmage so rather than trying to get him to continue going through the spring, which was a possibility, we just decided to go ahead and fix it before it got bad. It's just a stress fracture which will take less time to heal, and he'll have a better chance of a good recovery."

It had been noted earlier this week that Ryan Anderson, who previously had worked with outside linebackers, was getting some practice time with the inside linebackers, where DePriest has played and where C.J. Mosley is practicing, but in a non-contact jersey.

Saban said that both Anderson and Dillon Lee (last mentioned together in a discussion of a couple of players sent home from Miami and the BCS National Championship Game because of a violation of team rules) are both doing well.

Anderson is a 6-2, 255-pound redshirt freshman from Daphne. Lee played in eight games as a true freshman last year and is a 6-4, 242-pound sophomore from Buford, Ga.

Saban said, "Both have had really good springs." And then he repeated, "Really good springs."

Saban explained that with the loss of DePriest, the Tide was short on inside linebackers. There were five outside linebackers, and so the decision was made to work Anderson inside.

As it turned out, both Anderson and Lee are getting some practice time at inside linebacker.

Saban said, "In regular Ryan Anderson is playing inside backer and in nickel Dillon Lee is playing nickel backer. So they're both getting a little bit of both, which will just give us more roles that they can play. They've both done some of that before so it's not totally new to them and they both responded pretty well to it.

"As much as we can move guys around and get guys to do different things during the spring, I think that carryover and cumulative effect is helpful in the fall."

Saban also announced that sophomore nose tackle Wilson Love suffered a concussion in Monday's practice and is being held out until his concussion scores permit him to return.

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