Walking Wounded

Injuries to the Alabama football team have seen a slight accumulation in the first five weeks of the season, and status updates were the primary topic of Alabama Head Coach Mike Shula's post-practice discussion with the media Wednesday afternoon.

Sophomore safety Cory Reamer, after having arthroscopic knee surgery on the same knee he tore ligaments in last season, was back on the practice field Wednesday, but not really practicing. Shula said Reamer was "in his uniform, but it's more rehab than anything else."

Glenn Coffee has also returned to the practice field after injuring his knee during fall training camp, and he is working with his running back squad in individual non-contact drills, but doing no team, inside or one-on-one drills.

Roy Upchurch was another running back out of the mix on Wednesday, and limited on Tuesday.

"He turned an ankle last week and was getting better, but he was sore yesterday," Shua said.

There was no update on defensive Zeke Knight, who has been out with dizziness. The exact cause has not been determined, and Knight is still not in pads.

Snapper Luke Spalding has not dressed in normal practice gear for the past two days with a sore back. Shula said Spalding "should be alright" for Saturday's game. If he's not, backup Brian Selmon is the backup. "We feel confident in him," Shula said.

Shula said his team has had "two pretty good days" of practice, which are close to the media. Shula said he took about 10 practice snaps that are normally designated for the open field an moved them into the red zone for more work in the trouble area for the Tide.

Another change Shula pointed out is that the offense will run one play "against three different looks" this week, for example, instead of running the play against just one defensive formation and discussing other possibilities. "Unfortunately, you can't run all the different looks," Shula said.

Shula was asked about the head butt that got running back Jimmy Johns flagged for 15 yards against Florida, saying "it wasn't a vicious hit, just late and stupid."

"Everyone gets caught up in the emotion," he said. "And there are a lot of things that go on each game, some of them are seen and some are not."

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