TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football coach Nick Saban updated the injury status of defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick and kicker Andy Pappanastos during his postgame news conference.
The two starters were held out of the Crimson Tide’s 56-0 win over Mercer on Saturday.
“Andy did not kick because he’s got a little bit of a pull,” Saban said. “We just felt like we didn’t want to push it. I think he could have kicked today if we would have pushed the envelope. It bothered him a little bit last week at Mississippi State. We tried to shut him down for a while. Doc thought it would be better if we didn’t have to kick him, not to kick him, so we decided not to do that.”
Pappanastos went through warmups, but did not make an appearance. Punter JK Scott handled all of the kicking duties. Scott didn’t attempt a field goal, but he was perfect on his eight extra-point attempts.
Fitzpatrick didn’t dress for the game. He was limited all week in practice, and the team decided to shut him down. Fitzpatrick was spotted in street clothes on the sideline cheering and coaching up teammates, particularly those in the secondary.
“Hopefully Minkah will be able to practice this week, and we’ll be able to get him back,” Saban said.
With Fitzpatrick out, Alabama shuffled its nickel and dime packages. Senior Tony Brown lined up at star in nickel and dime. In dime, Deionte Thompson came on as the sixth defensive back, which moved Hootie Jones to the money position. Saban said Thompson did a “nice job out there today.”
Both Thompson and Jones had interceptions in the game.
Beyond that, freshman Daniel Wright entered the medical tent, and returned in street clothes, but Saban didn’t provide any updates beyond that.
“I don’t think that anybody got injured today that’s of significance,” Saban said.