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Alabama defensive lineman Da'Shawn Hand returned to practice on Tuesday.

Alabama football: Injury updates, position change for LB as Tide opens bye week practice

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football is set to practice three times during the bye week.

Alabama coach Nick Saban likes to use the bye week to focus on the rest of the season instead of just the upcoming opponent.

Saban believes that players can lose interest if too much time is spent on one opponent. Alabama hosts LSU on Saturday, Nov. 4, inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

Here are some notes from Tuesday practice.

What we saw

  • Defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand (MCL) was spotted on the practice field for the first time since being knocked out against Ole Miss on Sept. 30. Hand was in a black, non-contact jersey with a brace on his left knee.

Hand was knocked out midway through the third quarter against Ole Miss. He had to be helped from the field by the training staff and was not able to put any weight on his left leg. Hand was taken into Alabama’s medical tent. Hand had 3 tackles, including 1 sack, before he left the game.

“Da’Shawn will be working out all week,” Saban said during an appearance at the Monday Morning Quarterback Club in Birmingham. “We do expect him to be able to practice. We’ll see how it goes to see if he’s ready to play in the next game.”

  • Running back Josh Jacobs (ankle) was spotted in a black, non-contact jersey. Jacobs had a walking boot on his left foot. Saban said Monday that Jacobs will be in a “boot for a few days, but he should be OK.”

Jacobs limped off the field late in the Tennessee contest and was eventually taken to the locker room. Jacobs has 171 rushing yards to go with 96 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown.

  • Redshirt freshman Ben Davis has moved positions again. Davis was working with the inside linebackers on Tuesday. He had worked with the outside linebackers for much of the season.