Friday notes

Punter Matt Turk still was listed as questionable on Friday and Coach Nick Saban said he was inclined to believed the veteran wouldn't be ready to go for Sunday's opener against Denver.

"I would say that -- I shouldn't speculate right now because I really need to talk to Kevin (O'Neill, head trainer) before I do that -- I would think in all probability that it will be someone else other than Matt because he hasn't been able to do it to this point," Saban said Friday. "But I didn't talk to him after practice today. Typically, we don't kick balls today, so the guys loosened up and did what they could do. We do things off the Jugs matchine rather than having the specialist kick the balls today. I have to talk to Kevin about that one and should have done that before I came in here (interview room)."

Saban also indicated that it would be Donnie Jones, currently on the practice squad, who would do the punting if Turk is unable to go.

"I think that he deserves an opportunity," Saban said. "How he handles and manages that, we would assess and decide whether we need to continue to develop that or go in a difference direction."

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After a published report indicated that Lance Schulters would start at free safety against Denver instead of Yeremiah Bell, who started all preseason, Saban praised Schulters for his play in the last two preseason games. When asked whether Schulters had done enough to start against the Broncos, Saban answered yes.

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Sunday's game was declared a sellout before the 1 p.m. deadline on Friday, meaning it will be shown on local television.

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