Alabama will likely have its No. 2 running back for Saturday’s SEC championship game, but it’s still not a sure thing.
Kenyan Drake has been sidelined by a fractured arm — and subsequent surgery — since Nov. 14. He dressed for the Iron Bowl last weekend, but didn’t play.
“He’s been practicing every day,” coach Nick Saban said on Wednesday night. “So when the game comes, we’ll decided whether he can play or not. I can’t make that call right now.”
The decision will not be made until hours before kickoff.
“I’ll always ask the player after he gets medically cleared: Do you think you can go in there and do your job with confidence and (not) have any psychological apprehension?” Saban said. “We’re not having that conversation until Saturday.”
Drake has 577 combined yards from scrimmage this year, and has reached the end zone twice — once on the ground, and once through the air.
He fractured his right arm while covering a kickoff at Mississippi State three weeks ago.