TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The Alabama football team wrapped up bye-week practices on Thursday afternoon. With the school enjoying fall break, players have the weekend off.
Alabama will next host LSU at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Nov. 4 (8 p.m. ET, CBS).
Here’s some of what we saw:
• The team was in full pads outside, where it was 73 degrees and sunny.
• Senior defensive end Da’Shawn Hand continued his comeback from an MCL injury. He lined up with the first-unit defensive linemen, alongside Da’Ron Payne, Joshua Frazier and Raekwon Davis, for an individual drill during the observation period. But he worked with trainer Jeff Allen during the subsequent period. Hand was in a black no-contact jersey and wore a bulky brace on his left knee.
• Redshirt freshman Ben Davis has been practicing with the interior linebackers this week.
• Running back Josh Jacobs (ankle) was not at practice for a second day in a row. He was seen beforehand with a black jersey and later wearing a walking boot.
• VanDarius Cowan appeared to be more in the mix at outside linebacker. The true freshmen briefly played against Tennessee last weekend.
“He’s worked really hard, given a lot of effort and been very productive on the scout team,” Nick Saban said “We decided that we would go ahead and play him, and coach him and try and develop him because of our situation at outside linebacker. How much he plays and how much he can contribute will be relative to how fast he gets to the point where he can play winning football, and because we’re going to play against some teams that will be in regular formations we’ll have to play regular people, we thought that we made need him especially in this next game coming up against LSU.”