TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama returned to the practice field on Monday to continue preparing for LSU.
No. 1 Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC) travels to Baton Rouge, La., on Saturday for an SEC West clash against No. 15 LSU (5-2, 3-1). Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
What we saw
- Right guard Alphonse Taylor (concussion) participated in individual drills during the media’s viewing period of practice. Taylor has missed Alabama’s last two games. Taylor’s status for the game Saturday is still in question.
“He is going to practice some today. We’re kind of allowing him to do what he can, and we’ll sort of take it day to day. I can’t really answer that fully. We’ve been off for three days, and we’re going to see how he does today.” — Saban
- After being limited on Thursday, Lester Cotton was back at right guard with the first-team offense line. Cotton will likely get the start on Saturday.
- Defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick continued to work with the safeties during individual drills. Fitzpatrick worked in the second group with Deionte Thompson. Ronnie Harrison and Hooties Jones led the safeties through drills.
“Minkah has worked back there some and he’s very natural at it. Played it in high school quite a bit. We haven’t made any decisions for sure on how we’ll go there. We’ll just continue to work and see how it develops and see who can handle it the best and try to put the best combination of guys out there we can relative to what we have to play against.” — Saban
- Defensive back Tony Brown was spotted working with the cornerbacks. Look for Brown to play the money position (sixth defensive back) if Alabama lines up in its dime package going forward.
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