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Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2012

Alabama football notes: Crimson Tide RB Blake Sims injures hip during spring break

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama football team was back on the practice field this afternoon, but spring break took its toll on one backup running back.

Coach Nick Saban told reporters Blake Sims suffered a minor injury playing basketball.

"Blake Sims had a little hip injury playing basketball or something during the break," Saban said. "We try to get these guys not to play basketball, but they all think they can play in the NBA, so I guess we've just got to suffer the consequences for that."

Sims experimented with the quarterback position last season but was moved over to the already-banged up running back position this spring.

Top returner Eddie Lacy will miss the entire 15-date spring practice schedule. That leaves Jalston Fowler, redshirt freshman Dee Hart, early-enrollee T.J. Yeldon and Sims to carry the load.

Another battle wound

Rising sophomore tight end Harrison Jones also carried a mark of an athletic mishap back to practice Monday.

A cut on his cheek just below his right eye came in a more traditional accident with a football teammate on a football field.

"Me and C.J. Mosley actually collided in a seven on seven and didn't have helmets on," said Jones, the younger brother of senior offensive lineman Barrett Jones. "Before spring practice started we collided on a pick route. Just popped both our faces open."

That isn't the only change to Harrison Jones' look this spring. The long blonde hair that had spilled from his helmet last season disappeared since January.

Big brother offered an explanation for the update from across the interview room Monday.

"He's got a girlfriend now," a smiling Barrett Jones said. "He didn't need long hair."

Parcells, Holtz headline clinic

Alabama has a few big names lined up to attend this weekend's annual high school coaching clinic.

Former Super Bowl winning coach Bill Parcells and ex-Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz top the bill that goes on from there.

Also speaking will be current NFL coordinators Bill Musgrave (offense in Denver) and John Pagano (defense in San Diego). Ex-Alabama players Mickey Andrews, formerly the defensive coordinator at Florida State and Bobby Humphrey will also address the coaches.

Saban said the event has grown to include 1,000 high school coaches every year.

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