Still in Question

Placekicker Jamie Christensen was still out, defensive tackle J.P. Adams continued to nurse a sore ankle and Justin Woodall returned to the practice field and did more than expected at the Alabama football team's practice on Thursday.

Justin Woodall was in an air cast after turning his ankle last week, but Crimson Tide Head Coach Mike Shula said he has made more-than-expected progress each day since his injury. Woodall was scheduled to do a few things in individual drills, but ended up getting much more work, Shula said.

Christensen's health is the biggest question mark for the season opener against Hawaii next Saturday. He has been nursing a groin pull since Alabama's first scrimmage two weeks ago, and his availability will determine whether or not true freshman Leigh Tiffin redshirts or plays this year.

Adams is expected to practice on Sunday, as is offensive guard B.J. Stabler, who was in the orange "injured" jersey again on Thursday.

Thursday's practice was a continuation of yesterday's introduction of the scout teams in preparation for playing Hawaii.

"We started a little slow but things picked up," Shula said. "It's important for us to communicate well, especially in the early season."

Friday's session will be closed to the public and media. No post-practice interviews will be allowed. The team will hold its mock game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The mock game is similar to a fire drill, in which the team goes over different unlikely scenarios which might occur in a game.

"We'll cover all kinds things," Shula said, "go over clock rules and simulate a quick change of possession, injuries, substitutions and we'll have the coaches up in the box for the communication."

One thing yet to be determined is whether Charlie Harbison will be able to return to his duties the Hawaii game, and if so, whether he will be on the sideline as usual or in the press box.

"He's still not able to come out here and practice," Shula said. "He'll be ready for the game, I believe, but Tim (Bowens has) done a good job with the receivers."


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