Alabama conducted its first practice session of the spring on Friday, and while the team was no doubt excited to begin its quest for back-to-back titles in 2016, the defending national champs were also without a few players of note.
Defensive end Jonathan Allen and left tackle Cam Robinson will both miss the spring while they recover from shoulder surgeries, and safety Eddie Jackson will also be sidelined with a foot injury, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban told reporters. Raheem Falkins, Dakota Ball and Shawn Jennings were mentioned among the group of injured players not expected to practice, as well.
Saban also noted that defensive back Tony Brown still has not been reinstated. Brown was sent home from the team’s Cotton Bowl practice in January and did not play in the College Football Playoff NationalCchampionship game.
“He is facing some suspensions and when I get the final details on that, I’ll let you know,” Saban said, according to Charlie Potter of BamaOnline.
Saban concluded his press conference after just a few questions so that he could throw out the first pitch at Alabama’s Friday night baseball game. You can watch that below:
— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) March 12, 2016