Expect Hall and Brown, for Another Go Round

Junior wide receiver Keith Brown gave a predictable but still welcome answer Tuesday afternoon when asked if he contemplated an attempt to leave school early for a chance to be selected in the NFL Draft, effectively closing the door on any speculation he might leave early.

"At first the thought came in my head but I can't be selfish," he said. "Going into the league is not guaranteed. It's a very big business going on with them guys. You're not guaranteed anything really. I plan on staying here too and getting that extra time to develop my body and get my mind ready for the league."

Asked if that was a 100 per cent guarantee of his return he replied "110 per cent. How could I go somewhere? I just missed out on three or four games."

Earlier this week junior receiver DJ Hall told reporters he intends to return to Alabama for his senior season.

Brown, who is recovering from a knee strain suffered against Ole Miss, said he practiced on Tuesday and planned to go for Wednesday's workout. Brown said there was "a little bit" of soreness lingering, "but it wasn't that bad. It was doable."

Most Alabama fans have an image of Brown being illegally shucked by an LSU defensive back in Baton Rouge, Louisiana two years ago, with no pass interference call from the back judge, indelibly burned into their memory, and Brown was also asked about that on Tuesday.

"I knew I had a touchdown," he said after delivering some choice words in evaluating the non-call. "I think he knew it, too. That's why he pushed me. Every once in a while I think about it. It's no big deal. I can make up for it."

Running back Jimmy Johns, who has been battling a high ankle sprain, and was hit with a concussion after a big hit on kickoff coverage last week, said he did full contact work Tuesday and expected to practice and play against LSU. "It's nothing really major but it's kind of nagging. I'm planning to practice tomorrow and Thursday, and to treat it and get it better."

Mike Shula said safety Rashad Johnson would be "doubtful at best" for Saturday's game at LSU, but that even seemed like an optimistic statement, considering Johnson came off the practice field on Tuesday afternoon with crutches and a boot/cast looking device on his leg. Shula said Johnson strained his knee and sprained his ankle on the same play against Mississippi State.

Also listed as doubtful for Saturday's game is fullback Baron Huber (ankle). B.J. Stabler should play, Shula said, but he might once again have to give way to Marlon Davis, as he did last Saturday. Stabler started and played 11 plays, while Davis had 54 snaps. "We should have one healthy body between the two," Shula said.

Quarterback John Parker Wilson called Tuesday's practice in the light rain "a really good day." Asked what things had changed from last week, Wilson didn't reveal any new plans the Tide offense might be working on. "We're pretty much taking in what we take in normally. We haven't changed up the game plan or done too many things different. We're going to do our regular weekly routine."


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