Alabama center Ryan Kelly has passed concussion protocols and is available to play vs. Tennessee on Saturday afternoon (ESPN’s Joe Schad).
The senior was hurt against Texas A&M last Saturday, and doctors held him out of contact drills this week. His return is big for a Crimson Tide offensive line that struggled against the Aggies without him.
Kelly was named to the All-SEC Freshman team in 2012, and has started at center since opening day in 2013.
On Monday, coach Nick Saban was optimistic Kelly would be able to play against Tennessee.
“When he’s normal — which is very close — we’ll allow him to resume activity,” Saban said.
Kelly was on the practice field for much of the week, but was not a full participant. He will presumably start at center on Saturday.
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