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Nick Saban provided an update on injured safety Minkah Fitzpatrick.

Alabama football: Nick Saban gives update on Minkah Fitzpatrick ahead of Mississippi State game

Matt Speakman

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Injury update

Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick is nursing a hamstring injury heading into Alabama’s top 20 matchup with Mississippi State. Fitzpatrick went down twice in the win against LSU. On Wednesday, Alabama coach Nick Saban updated the status of Fitzpatrick, who went through drills as normal Wednesday at practice. Saban also made a reference to a recent TV show when talking about coaching injured players.

“Again, did you ever see that series on TV called The Good Doctor, where the guy is really smart and he figures out things that nobody else can figure out?” Saban said. “ I’m not there. I’m not there. If I was, I’d be working in that hospital probably.”

You can watch Saban’s full press conference here.

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Dual-threat player

On Saturday, Alabama will face one of the more dynamic quarterbacks it has all season. Mississippi State signal caller Nick Fitzgerald is in his third year as the Bulldogs’ quarterback. This season, he has 1,459 passing yards and 13 touchdowns, as well as 801 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. Fitzgerald is a tough quarterback with the size to absorb hits. He stands at 6-foot-5, 230 pounds. With Alabama’s depleted linebacker corps, Fitzgerald will be a tough task for Alabama to slow down.

Staying focused

Cornerback Tony Brown has been a consistent face on Alabama’s defense since he arrived four years ago. Since then, he’s had his ups and downs. He started as a freshman, but since then has developed into more of a rotation player in Alabama’s secondary. In his career, Brown has 49 tackles and 2 interceptions. Saban talked about Brown during his press conference, saying that Brown can be effective when he’s focused on the right things.

“When Tony [Brown] can stay focused on what he’s supposed to do, do the right things, make good choices and decisions about what he does and stay focused on it, he can be a very effective player,” Saban said. “So, consistency in performance comes from that and that’s what we work to always try and get from him.”

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