Alabama Football: Injury Update

Things are still active on the injury front for Alabama, as several Tide players donned orange "injured" jerseys, and the squad had another scare with an injury to a freshman offensive lineman.

Alabama freshman Cody Davis was down on the field for several minutes at practice with what appeared to be an injury to his right leg. The scare of another true freshman offensive lineman being seriously hurt seemed to pass by the conclusion of practice, however.

"(Athletic trainer) Rodney (Brown) came over and told me that it was minor and not anything to worry about," offensive line coach Bob Connelly said. "That's all I know right now."

Mike Shula said, "Hopefully, he's not too bad," when asked about Davis after practice.

Freddie Roach was participating in more practice work today before he aggravated an injury to his right knee at Wednesday's practice. "Last night and this morning it felt really good," Roach said. "I worked out and did a lot stuff and I aggravated it a little out there today."

Roach seemed encouraged about his participation level in the past few days and is hopeful for a return to the field sooner rather than later. "I hope to get a few reps in the scrimmage on Saturday," he said. "Actually, I hope I get more than a few." Roach is recovering from arthroscopic surgery undergone on July 29.

Linebacker Terrence Jones missed the last two practices after suffering what he said was a concussion during a Tuesday morning goal line scrimmage at the end of practice. Jones was a standout on defense in Monday's scrimmage with a squad-leading six tackles. Jones said he is being evaluated daily to determine his return.

Charlie Peprah said he is still nursing a strained lower hamstring. Peprah estimated that he was running at a "quick jog," pace now. He said he tests his leg every day, running at an increasing rate until he feels pain. Peprah said he is running at above 50 per cent of full speed.

Wide receiver William Roach has been in the orange jersey after re-injuring his left shoulder last week. Roach said he doesn't anticipate an immediate return to full speed practice. "I saw the doctor yesterday," he said. "I'm trying to take care of it now so I can get back on the field and help my team. It's frustrating." Roach said he had been cleared for practice by Dr. James Andrews two weeks before the beginning of fall practice.

Running back Aaron Johns was new to the orange jersey squad today. Johns had a sprained left wrist that he deemed not serious. Keith Brown was back in his regular jersey after wearing orange Tuesday.


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