11 October 2010
The Alabama football team practiced in shells on Monday looking to rebound from its first regular season loss in two seasons.
Here's what you need to know:
Julio Jones broke a bone in his left hand during the first half of the game against South Carolina, and had surgery to repair that on Monday morning. He had a plate and a screw inserted into his hand, and will be out until he can play with the pain. That means he, theoretically, could play this Saturday. My guess is that we won't see him again until LSU, but Julio has certainly demonstrated that he can play with pain in the past.
Marquis Maze and Darius Hanks have proven the ability to make big plays, so the Tide will likely not rush Julio back to play two teams that are having poor seasons. It will be important for someone else in the receiving corps to step forward and become another option, and that will likely be either Brandon Gibson or Kevin Norwood.
D.J. Fluker has been struggling with an ankle injury, and now he's added a "severe" groin injury to the mix. He is considered very doubtful for this weekend, and could also be out until the LSU game.
Alfred McCullough filled in at right tackle after Fluker went out against South Carolina, and it is expected that he will be the guy to start in Fluker's spot. What is unknown is whether or not Tyler Love or Arie Kouandjio are working at the backup. The staff would like to redshirt Kouandjio, so playing him for the first time in week six would be a bit of a surprise.
Chris Jordan is still struggling with a hamstring injury, an he will be evaluated each day to determine how much he can go.
That's pretty much all of the news out of the Tide camp, as Monday's practice was closed to the media for the first time this season.
Bama will practice again on Tuesday, and if there is a media viewing period, we'll have our normal report.
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