Bama Breaks

It was short and sweet for the Alabama football team Thursday as Bama had about a 30 minute practice in shorts before taking a few days off in a bye week. The Crimson Tide had four workouts this week and will resume work Sunday evening.

Cory Reamer, a freshman safety from Hoover who injured his knee in Wednesday's practice, will miss the remainder of the season. Alabama Coach Mike Shula said that Reamer suffered a torn ACL and would have surgery, probably next week. He said the expectation is that Reamer will be ready to practice during spring training.

Shula said Reamer "was just starting to get into the special teams and was doing a nice job, so we will have to find a replacement for him."

This is an open date for the seventh ranked Crimson Tide. Bama, 5-0 overall and 3-0 in Southeastern Conference games, returns to action Saturday, October 15, against Ole Miss in Oxford. Gametime, either 11 a.m. CDT (CBS) or 6:15 p.m. (ESPN2), will be announced Monday.

"It was a good three days," Shula said. "We got some stuff done on Ole Miss. We got to work some of the younger guys. We did a lot of running, a lot of lifting, and now they can get some rest.

"We are trying to catch our breath right now and get ourselves ready. When we come back on Sunday, we need to be really focused and get our energy going towards Ole Miss."

He noted that a number of players (he named center J.B. Closner, halfback Kenneth Darby, and fullback Le'Ron McClain) had played a lot of snaps and that the break came at a good time. "It seems that whenever a bye week comes it's a good time," the coach added.

Shula said that much of the week's work had been with younger players. He named halfback Glen Coffee, quarterback John Parker Wilson, tight end Nick Walker, and cornerback Chris Rogers as among those who stood out. Rogers is being redshirted, but the other three freshmen are playing.

Wide receiver Tyrone Prothro, who was lost for the season in last week's 31-3 victory over Florida, was still in DCH Regional Medical Center Thursday. Shula said he probably would be released later Thursday or Friday. "It's just precautionary," the coach said.

Shula also said that fullback Tim Castille had been held out of this week's work, but that he would resume practice with the team Sunday.


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