Alabama’s initial offensive line may be set
Alabama practiced inside in full pads Friday.
Junior Landon Dickerson was at right guard alongside starting tackle Jedrick Wills Jr., with Chris Owens at center. This is the second straight day we’ve seen this combination.
Redshirt freshman Jerome Ford (ankle) is back practicing, but not full-speed.
“We’re going to work him in and see what he can do and try to do more and more each day and try to see if we can get him back to 100 percent,” Nick Saban said. “He’s done really well before he was injured so we planned on him playing in the game, and if he’s healthy enough and the doctors clear him and we feel like he’s 100 percent, we’ll play him in this game. If not, we’ll have to wait and kind of see how he progresses. So it’s going to be more day to day at this point to try to make that judgement.”
Freshman Christian Harris (knee) was next to Dylan Moses for drills and looks set.
Absent was redshirt freshman defensive lineman Stephon Wynn (ankle). Earlier this week was seen in a black jersey for stretching.
Freshman end Antoine Alfano returned to practice on Thursday.
“He had a couple days for personal reasons,” Saban said.
• Redshirt junior cornerback Nigel Knott: The only player yet to practice, he’s out indefinitely with what Nick Saban has only described as a medical issue.
• Senior interior linebacker Josh McMillon: Out indefinitely with a knee injury, could miss entire season.
• Freshman running back Trey Sanders: Out indefinitely with a left foot injury, could miss entire season. He’s been riding an exercise bike in Alabama’s weight room during practices.