Scrimmage report: Christian Harris challenging at interior linebacker

Christopher Walsh

Conditions at Bryant-Denny Stadium were sunny, 93 degrees, heat index of 97.

Freshman nose tackle DJ Dale (knee) warmed up but was not expected to participate in Saturday’s closed scrimmage.

Redshirt junior linebacker Terrell Lewis appeared to be limited.

Redshirt freshman Emil Ekiyor Jr. was at right guard and junior Chris Owens at center with the first-team offense.

Redshirt freshman Jerome Ford was more in the mix at running back.

The scrimmage is the last good chance for players to pin down starting jobs prior to the season opener against Duke in Atlanta on Aug. 31.

One spot that is still up for grabs is at interior linebacker. Freshman Christian Harris was working with Dylan Moses with the first-team defense during the observation period.

“All I can tell you is there’s a lot of competition there and we need somebody that will step up and be responsible to do a job to develop confidence of the players around them and develop confidence in themselves that they can go out there and play winning football for us regardless of the circumstance or the situation,” Saban said. “So whichever guy steps forward to do that the best, that’s who will win the job.”

Injury rundown

• Redshirt junior cornerback Nigel Knott: The only player yet to practice, he’s out indefinitely with what Nick Saban 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.

• Redshirt freshman defensive lineman Stephon Wynn had surgery following a high ankle sprain. Will likely miss another week.