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Christian Miller, Terrell Lewis and Mack Wilson all participated in practice on Wednesday.

Alabama football: Trio of injured linebackers returns to practice ahead of Iron Bowl

Matt Speakman

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Coming back?

A trio of Alabama linebackers have been injured for multiple games. Terrell Lewis and Christian Miller have been out since the Florida State game, while Mack Wilson has been sidelined since the LSU game. For a while, it looked like Alabama would not get any of them back this season. That changed on Wednesday. Miller, Lewis and Wilson all participated in practice on Wednesday in black, non-contact jerseys. Lewis and Miller were rumored to possibly be available for the Iron Bowl on Saturday. During his press conference on Wednesday, Alabama coach Nick Saban updated the statuses of the three linebackers, as well as other injured players.

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Tough task

Alabama’s defense has a tough task ahead of it. The team will face one of the best offenses it’s seen all season in Auburn. Leading the way for Auburn is running back Kerryon Johnson. Johnson leads the SEC in rushing this season with 1,172 yards. He also has 16 rushing touchdowns this season, which is tied for the SEC lead. Alabama’s rush defense struggled against Mississippi State and will need to have a great game if it wants to slow down Johnson. Outside of Johnson, Auburn can also spread the field with quarterback Jarrett Stidham and a deep receiving corps. Stidham has thrown for more than 2,000 yards and has 16 touchdowns. Slowing down Auburn’s high-powered offense will be critical in the Iron Bowl.

A long journey

Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans was very close to choosing Auburn over the Crimson Tide. Coming from Auburn High School, his decision to choose Alabama wasn’t exactly met with joy from some of the people in his circle. The rivalry can become intense, and Evans was right in the middle of it. Now that he’s a senior, it’s come full circle for Evans as he travels back to Auburn for the final time in his career. Evans has had a long journey since choosing Alabama but does not regret the decision.

Built by Bama

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram and New York Giants safety Landon Collins both earned NFC Player of the Week honors. They were the first duo from the same college to win the award in the same week over the last 15 seasons.

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