TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama returned to the practice field on Wednesday to continue its bye week preparations. The Crimson Tide (8-0, 5-0 SEC) is scheduled to practice three days this week.
This was by far the shortest media viewing period of practice this year.
What we saw
- Running back Damien Harris (leg) remained limited for the second straight day. Harris is wearing a splint on his right hamstring.
“Damien has played very well for us and been a good inside runner. He’s been able to get the ball outside. He’s one of the guys I referred to that probably needs to heal up a little bit. Last two games, he probably hasn’t had the same juice that he had before. Hopefully we’re going to get him back to 100 percent.” — Saban on Harris
- Offensive lineman Alphonse “Shank” Taylor was limited for the second straight day. Taylor didn’t participate in any of the drills during the viewing period. Taylor hasn’t played in Alabama’s last two games due to a concussion. Sophomore Lester Cotton has stepped in his place.
“Lester has done a nice job and played better each week. 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 put him on the field until the medical staff feels that he’s totally OK to be out there.” — Saban on Taylor
- Minkah Fitzpatrick continued to work with the safeties. Saban said the secondary is experimenting this week to find the best group in order to replace Eddie Jackson.
- Tony Brown was spotted working with the cornerbacks.
- A scout from the Indianapolis Colts watched practice.
WATCH: Player interviews
Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster
Alabama running back Damien Harris
Other news you need to know
- Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster had a hilarious reaction to Mack Wilson’s hit against Texas A&M
- Alabama offensive lineman Alphonse Taylor is still not cleared from his concussion
- Nick Saban had high praise for Leonard Fournette and LSU
- Nick Saban explained how Blake Sims helped Alabama prepare for Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight
- In case you missed it, watch Nick Saban’s lone press conference of Alabama’s bye week
- Nick Saban wouldn’t mind seeing Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen win the Heisman Trophy
He said what? (quote of the day)
“That boy Mack Wilson was tremendous. That was like attempted murder. Oh my god. After the first one, I said something to him, like ‘Bruh, what got into you?’ It really scared me, like where’d this come from?”