Injury/practice report: Alabama has changes on line, secondary
With lightning in the area, Alabama worked inside while preparing for its SEC opener.
The forecast for Saturday’s game at South Carolina is high of 90 degrees with a 20 percent chance of rain/thunderstorms.
In the secondary, Alabama worked on the dime package during the viewing, with true freshman Jordan Battle and senior Shyheim Carter both in the mix.
I didn’t see Josh Jobe at practice.
Alabama offensive lineman Emil Ekiyor Jr. (knee) remained limited, but was participating in some drills. Center Chris Owens has been practicing this week after missing the New Mexico State game.
“Both players are practicing,” Nick Saban said On the SEC coaches’ teleconference with reporters on Wednesday morning. “Chris Owens probably is a little more up to speed. Emil is going to be a little more of a work in progress and probably a game day decision.”
Saban rejected the idea that the the coaches were sort of waiting for suspended lineman Deonte Brown to return to move forward with the unit.
“Look, we’re just taking the guys that we have here that we can coach, that are ready to play and we’re focusing on coaching them so we can do the best job we can do with it,” he said. “When somebody else comes back, we’ll do the same thing with them. But there’s no hypothetical plan for what might happen if this happened or that happened or this guy’s there or that guy’s not there. I don’t think you can do that.
“I think you’ve got to play the hand that’s dealt you and do the best you can with the guys that you’ve got, and the guys we’ve got right now are working really hard to try to do the best they can.”
Reporters got a look at the first-team offensive line, with Owens back at center, and Landon Dickerson next to right tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. at right guard.
Matt Womack was on the second team at left guard. Kendall Randolph and Tommy Brown were on the right side.
Among the defensive linemen, true freshman Justin Eboigbe (foot) was practicing but Antonio Alfano was not.
• Junior interior linebacker Dylan Moses: Out indefinitely with a knee injury.
• Senior interior linebacker Josh McMillon: Out indefinitely with a knee injury.
• Freshman running back Trey Sanders: Out indefinitely with a left foot injury.
- Reserve offensive lineman Hunter Brannon is out indefinitely.