Alabama Coach Nick Saban said some of those who are "a little bit nicked up" and out of Monday's practice would probably be back in practice Tuesday. "I feel like we'll have just about everybody tomorrow," the coach said Monday.
The Crimson Tide is 3-0 and ranked second in the nation in one poll and third in another, but the competition steps up this week as Bama begins SEC play against Florida.
The suspicion is that those who are "nicked up"are those who suffered injuries in Bama's 52-12 win over Southern Mississippi Saturday. After the game Saban said said cornerback Eddie Jackson had a bruised quad, tailback T.J. Yeldon had a strained hamstring, and linebacker Denzel Devall had a strained shoulder. He said none of the injuries were considered serious and added "We just chose to not play the guys anymore in this game. It gives other people an opportunity to play. Why put the guys at risk when you’re getting ready to head into league play starting next week?"
Saban gave a hint that a top player would return to the squad this week on Saturday when he pointed out that wide receiver DeAndrew White had participated in pre-game warm-ups. "I wanted him to work out today in pads, which he has been doing for several days this week," Saban said. "We are hopeful that we will get him back next week.”
On Monday, Saban said, "Dee White will practice all week. We'll kind of see how it goes with him and make a decision later in the week and see if we think he's able to go out there and play. He did practice some last week so we're encouraged by the progress that he made."
Safety Jarrick Williams also has been on the injured list. Saban said Williams "will start running and playing drills this week. But probably a much greater longshot for him to be able to play in this coming game."