09 November 2010
The Alabama football team practiced on Monday in preparation for a weekend battle with Mississippi State. The Tide, trying to rebound from its second loss of the season, worked in shells.
Here's what you need to know:
D.J. Fluker is still being bothered by the groin injury that has caused him to miss the last three games. He is improving, and was cleared by the doctors to play at LSU, but he is still working behind Alfred McCullough at right tackle.
Trent Richardson was limited in practice after aggravating a knee injury against LSU. The knee had been bothering him for several weeks, and was made worse when Patrick Peterson landed on it during his touchdown reception against LSU. He returned in the 4th quarter for a handful of plays, but was clearly not at full speed. He is not wearing a black jersey, so the doctors have cleared him for contact.
Kerry Murphy also has a sore knee, but we said the same thing last week at this time. Murphy played, and played well at LSU, so don't expect him to miss any time. He was limited today at practice, but was running through individual drills.
Chris Jordan has struggled with several injuries the last few weeks, and he was limited with another undisclosed injury today. He was able to play on special teams at LSU, and I expect we'll see him this weekend.
Greg McElory was slowed a little by a sore knee, as well. He took a helmet to the knee on the sack that forced him to fumble, but was able to return and lead the Tide to its fourth quarter touchdown. He should be good to go on Saturday, but don't be surprised if we start seeing a little more of A.J. McCarron.
The focus was good at today's practice, which was nice to see. Though it was doubtful with a Nick Saban coached team, there was the risk of the team being unable to refocus after what was essentially a championship eliminating loss.
After the game Coach Saban discussed his philosophy of being process oriented, rather than result oriented. He specifically spoke about this year's team trying to be the best it can be, rather than comparing itself to last year's team. With any chance at a national title now at the window, that philosophy is now a stark reality to this team. It should be interesting to see how they respond.
The Tide will practice again on Tuesday, and we'll have our normal report.
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