BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Alabama football coach Nick Saban expects defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand to return to practice this week.
Hand, a senior, has missed Alabama’s last three games after suffering an MCL injury against Ole Miss on Sept. 30.
“Da’Shawn will be working out all week,” Saban said during an appearance at the Monday Morning Quarterback Club in Birmingham. “We do expect him to be able to practice. We’ll see how it goes to see if he’s ready to play in the next game.”
Hand was knocked out midway through the third quarter against Ole Miss. He had to be helped from the field by the training staff and was not able to put any weight on his left leg. Hand was taken into Alabama’s medical tent. Hand had 3 tackles, including 1 sack, before he left the game.
Saban also provided an update on running back Josh Jacobs. Jacobs limped off the field late in the Tennessee contest and was eventually taken to the locker room. Jacobs has 171 rushing yards to go with 96 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown.
“He just got an ankle,” Saban said. “He probably will be in a boot for a few days, but he should be OK.”
Alabama football is off this week. The Crimson Tide hosts LSU on Nov. 4 inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. Kickoff has been scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
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