Bama Football Injury Update

On Signing Day, the first day since the post-game press conference at the Sugar Bowl the media could ask questions of Alabama Coach Nick Saban, the status of wide receiver Julio Jones was raised. Saban said he didn't want to get into a discussion of injuries at that point, but would later. He has provided an update on Bama's players who have had off-season surgeries with the status of each.

Many of you have asked for the status of the offseason surgeries so I wanted to get that out to everyone before we get closer to the first day of spring practice. Listed below is an updated list as of March 18th which includes each players' current status entering spring drills.

Alabama players are in the winter conditioning program and will begin spring football practice on March 23. The Tide will go through 15 practices, including the A-Day Game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on April 18 to conclude spring training.

Coach Saban announced that 11 players had undergone surgery in the off-season. Some of those were previously known.

Only two of those are listed as "non-contact" for the spring. They are wide receiver Earl Alexander, who had surgery on his right shoulder, and tailback Roy Upchurch, whose had a procedure on his neck.

Saban had previously said that wide receiver Julio Jones had shoulder surgery. The update showed he had surgery on his left shoulder and left wrist. But, as Saban had previously said, Jones will be able to participate in spring practice.

Others who have had procedures, but will be able to participate in spring drills, are:

Cornerback Kareem Jackson (left wrist), offensive lineman Barrett Jones (right shoulder), linebacker Rolando McClain (right thumb), tight end Colin Peek (left foot), linebacker Cory Reamer (right knee), defensive back/wide receiver B.J. Scott (right knee), tight end Brad Smelley (wrist wrist), and defensvie end Lorenzo Washington (right thumb).

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