TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — It’s been two games since Alabama right guard Alphonse “Shank” Taylor was last spotted on the field, and his injury status is still in question.
Taylor suffered a concussion at Arkansas on Oct. 8, but has yet to be cleared for contact. Lester Cotton has stepped in at right guard during Taylor’s absence.
“Lester has done a nice job and played better each week,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said Wednesday during the SEC coaches teleconference. “Shank did return to practice yesterday with no contact. These are things you kind of have to go through day by day. We just have to see how he progresses.
“We’re not really making any predictions, but I can tell you that we won’t push him on the field until the medical staff feels that he’s totally OK to be out there.”
Taylor was spotted at practice during the media viewing period, but did not participate in any of the drills.
Taylor, a senior, dressed for the game vs. Texas A&M on Saturday, but did not play. Taylor didn’t appear to be doing much during warmups either.
Taylor did not travel with the team to Tennessee two weeks ago.
Cotton has now started 4 games on the year.
No. 1 Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC) travels to Baton Rouge, La., on Nov. 5 for an SEC West clash against No. 19 LSU (5-2, 3-1). Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on CBS.