Monday Practice

The Alabama football team practiced in full pads for an hour and 45 minutes Monday in the morning session of its final two-a-day practice. Monday evening's session is off-limits to media and no post-practice interviews will be conducted.

Alabama will scrimmage for the third and final time on Tuesday. That scrimmage will be held at the practice field, and is not open to the public. Fall classes at the University of Alabama begin on Wednesday, and the roster will expand to include about 130 players.

There was a scare when Kenneth Darby took a blow to his left knee in a live tackling period towards the end of practice from defensive back Chris Rogers.

Monday was Darby's first open practice back with the team since Thursday of last week. He had been away for personal/family reasons.

Darby was on the field for a few minutes before being assisted to the indoor practice field. He was walking on his own at the end of practice, however, with ice wrapped around his knee.

The offensive line composed of Andre Smith and Chris Capps at left and right tackle, respectively, seems to be earning more validity each practice, and was used almost exclusively with the first team Monday.

Dominic Lee hurt his left leg early in practice, coming off the field with what appeared to be an injury to his left thigh, or hamstring area. Lee and Darby are both expected back for this evening's practice.

The Crimson Tide practice included full tackling in situations where the offense was backed up deep in its own territory.

The group on the list of "no-contact" jersey injured players Monday included offensive linemen Marlon Davis and B.J. Stabler. Stabler has recurring knee soreness. Also in the orange jerseys were linebacker Darren Mustin, safety Justin Woodall, running back Glen Coffee, offensive lineman David Ross and placekicker Jamie Christensen.


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