Julio Jones Expected Back Soon

Alabama All-America wide receiver Julio Jones is expected to return to the Crimson Tide football team within a few days and with no lingering effects from a bruised knee suffered in Alabama's 40-24 win over Florida International last Saturday. The news is also good for tailback Roy Upchurch, but not good for defensive back-up Damion Square.



Alabama Coach Nick Saban went over the Crimson Tide's injury situation Monday as Bama began preparations for this week's game against North Texas.

Three players were injured in Bama's win over Florida International and the injuries were about as expected based on early diagnosis as announced by Saban following the game.

Roy Upchurch, who started the game at tailback because of illness to Mark Ingram, played only a few minutes before going out with an ankle sprain. On Monday Saban said, "Roy has a high ankle sprain and is day-to-day. These things respond at varying rates and we are not sure when he will be able to come back, whether it's a few days or a few weeks. We are going to play it day-to-day and see how he responds to treatment."

Upchurch was replacing Ingram, who had been the Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week in Bama's season-opener against Virginia Tech. When Upchurch had to leave the Florida International game, he was replaced by Trent Richardson, who earned SEC Freshman of the Week for his performance at tailback.

Saban said that wide receiver Julio Jones "has a bruised knee and has no other damage or significant damage. As soon as the trauma settles down, he'll be okay. He will be day-to-day. There is no way to determine how long this is going to take, but it shouldn't take more than a few days."

As had been feared, the news was not as good for Damion Square, who plays jack linebacker and back-up defensive end.

Saban said, "Damon Square has a torn ACL, which we sort of suspected after the game, but the MRI confirmed that. He will have surgery tomorrow and will be out for the season. It's really too bad. He was redshirted last year and was a promising freshman and really played well in the game and we were hopeful he would give us great depth, but this will give somebody else an opportunity to go out and play."

As for the replacement for Square, who had been coming into the game in passing down situations, Saban said, "Damion Square was a defensive end, who we moved to jack (linebacker) to give us a bigger more physical guy, but really his role was to play defensive end in nickel and dime situations. (Milton) Talbert and (Darrington) Sentimore will probably be the two guys we bring up. Marcell Dareus can also play that position if we want to move him over. It's really Lorenzo Washington's backup. So, with (Brandon) Deaderick coming back we can move guys around, we don't have a plan to do that right now. Marcell does well when he stays in one spot. He was productive in the last game, so we don't want to keep moving him around. Through this whole preseason and first couple of weeks, we've moved him around to sort of take up the slack wherever we've needed it. We'd like to leave him in the same spot and let him continue to progress."

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