Stuart McNair

Not all Alabama football players able to participate

Four Alabama players not physically cleared to begin fall practice

Injuries are a part of football, and on the first day of fall practice Thursday Alabama Coach Nick Saban addressed the status of a half dozen Crimson Tide players.

Four players have not been cleared by the Alabama medical staff to practice and are rehabilitating from offseason injuries and surgeries. They are redshirt freshman offensive lineman Richie Petitbone, sophomore running back Ronnie Clark, freshman linebacker Shawn Jennings, and freshman defensive back Nigel Knott.

Saban said, “Those guys will not be able to participate probably until school starts, but we'll manage their rehab on an individual basis and when they're ready to get into football we'll sort of step them into it as they can.”

There was a bit of a surprise following a question regarding the quarterback race. Saban said that third-year sophomore David Cornwell “has been fighting a little bit of a foot injury, so he hasn’t been able to do everything all summer long. He’s been kind of off and on. He had limited reps today.”

But Saban was able to clarify what looked like an injury situation for sophomore tailback Bo Scarbrough. Scarbrough, who has an injury history, appeared possibly injured in the brief media viewing period Thursday.

Saban said, "He was just struggling a little bit early with some cramps. Some of these guys get so anxious before they go out there. He actually got over it and went through practice and did a pretty good job after he got going and got started and got loosened up. He was fine."


Alabama practice continues in just helmets Friday. Saturday and Sunday practices will have the Tide in helmets and shoulder pads. Beginning Monday the team will be permitted to go into full gear.


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