Practice/injury report: Alabama likely to have a couple of lineup changes

Christopher Walsh

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Although no formal announcement is expected, the University of Alabama football team will almost certainly have a couple of changes in the starting lineup when it visits No. 24 Texas A&M on Saturday. 

All this week true freshman Byron Young has been lined up with the first-team defensive line, alongside freshman D.J. Dale and senior Raekwon Davis. Starter LaBryan Ray (foot) is expected to be out until at least the LSU  game next month. 

The second team during Wednesday's practice had  Phidarian Mathis, Tevita Musika and Justin Eboigbe, followed by Stephon Wynn, Ishmael Sopsher and Christian Barmore.

Meanwhile, the first-team offensive line has remained the same for more than a week, with redshirt junior Landon Dickerson at center and redshirt junior Deonte Brown at right guard. Dickerson has started all five games this season, but just once at center. 

Matt Womack, who appeared to be held out of contact drills on Tuesday, was the second-team right tackle. 

Sophomore reserve cornerback Josh Jobe has been practicing this week with a cast on his left hand.

Junior wide receiver Henry Ruggs III (hip pointer) has worked in his usual spot this week.  

The forecast for College Station on Saturday (2:30 p.m. CT, CBS) is partly cloudy and 70 degrees.

Among those watching practice was former Crimson Tide coach Ray Perkins. Nick Saban is slated to address reporters after practice.