TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — At this point, Alabama coach Nick Saban is in wait-and-see mode with defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand and his back spasms.
Hand’s back began bothering him during the early part of Wednesday’s practice, and he had to leave and head to the training room. Hand missed Friday’s practice, and didn’t participate in the Crimson Tide’s second scrimmage on Saturday.
“It’s always hard to judge that. This is not something that — the doctors have assured me, or assured us, that he doesn’t have a situation that he needs to have surgery on,” Saban said Saturday. “This will just be a thing that, when it calms down, he’ll be able to come back. We’re hopeful that we’ll be able to get him back next week, and he’ll be able to play in the A-Day game because with him and Jonathan Allen (shoulder) both out, it really makes us thin in the defensive line where we were already pretty thin to start with. So, we’re hopeful that he’ll be OK, but I can’t predict that right now.”
With Allen out, Hand has been working with Dalvin Tomlinson and Daron Payne on the defensive line with the first-team defense. Alabama doesn’t have much experienced depth behind Allen, Hand, Tomlinson and Payne.
As a sophomore last season, Hand made 16 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for loss and three sacks. Hand is expected to play a bigger roles this season with A’Shawn Robinson, Jarran Reed and others moving on.
Alabama will take Sunday and Monday off and hold just two more practices (Tuesday and Thursday) before its A-Day spring game on April 16.