Anderson Back

Just over 24 hours after having two pins inserted into his left thumb, defensive end Mark Anderson was back on the practice field Wednesday joining the squad's preparation for Arkansas on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Anderson said he didn't know exactly when he hurt his thumb, but "I remember coming off the to the sideline after the first drive and my thumb wouldn't bend back all the way."

Anderson was well enough to make an appearance on the coaches show Sunday morning following the game, and he said he will be ready to go this week.

"He looks like he's going to be ready to go," Alabama Head Coach Mike Shula said after Wednesday's practice. Shula deemed Tuesday and Wednesday's practice good ones and the post-practice session was mostly devoted to injury status updates.

Shula said Jimmy Johns was held out of practice on Wednesday after practicing on Tuesday with shoulder soreness. "We expect him to be ready to play on Saturday," Shula said.

Mark Sanders (knee/ankle) and Terrence Jones (ankle) probably won't play. Shula said Jones' ankle has not healed as fast as expected.

Chris Keys hurt his knee in practice and was out Wednesday, but Shula said, "We think he's going to be ready to go."

Tight end Greg McLain returned to practice for the first time Wednesday after separating his shoulder in the final scrimmage of training camp. "It's a possibility he could be ready to go for the game," Shula said. "We need all the people we can get there. We'll have to wait and see how he's going to be tomorrow. We could use him in a two-tight end set."

Marlon Davis traveled to South Carolina but did not play because of a bothered ankle. Shula said Davis practiced Wednesday and is good to go for the game.

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