TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football coach Nick Saban updated the injury status for a trio of Crimson Tide players during his Wednesday news conference.
Defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand, defensive back Tony Brown and offensive lineman Brandon Kennedy are all dealing with injuries.
Hand missed the Texas A&M game after being knocked out against Ole Miss.
“I can’t really make that call. It’s a medical decision,” Saban said of when Hand would return. “I know he’s doing well. All reports are positive. He won’t play in this game and we’ll take it week-to-week from there. But I really can’t tell you that.”
Brown left the Texas A&M game with a knee injury. Brown lined up at cornerback but was knocked out of the contest. Brown was credited with 1 tackle.That forced sophomore Shyheim Carter to come in at star when Alabama lined up in its dime package. Carter had a nice pass breakup shortly after entering the game.
“He was able to do some stuff in practice today,” Saban said. “His position is probably a little harder to play with a sprained knee. He can ran straight ahead pretty well. But the change of direction, stopping and starting, redirecting, those are the most difficult things. He’s actually made faster progress than I had hoped so that’s really encouraging. Whether he’ll be able to do enough to be able to have a role in this game, we’ll probably have to wait and see. If he can do a little more tomorrow that will be encouraging.”
Kennedy was serving as Alabama’s backup center. His injury occurred in practice.
“Brandon Kennedy had to practice indoors yesterday and he had an ankle injury that required some surgery,” Saban said. “So he’s going to be out for an extended period of time. Not sure how long at this point.”
Alabama (6-0, 3-0 SEC) hosts Arkansas on Saturday for homecoming. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. ET on ESPN.
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