Nick Saban says Kenny Bell will return

Anniston StarSeptember 3, 2013 

ROBIN TRIMARCHI rtrimarchi@ledger-enquirer.com Alabama wide receiver Kenny Bell makes Auburn's Jake Holland miss the tackle in first quarter play at Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday. 11.24.12

ROBIN TRIMARCHI

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama coach Nick Saban said he gave wide receiver Kenny Bell a "personal day" on Tuesday and said Bell should return to practice on Wednesday.

"Kenny Bell, I gave a personal day to today," Saban said.

"He should be back to practice tomorrow. Kenny's a fifth-year senior.

"He's done a great job in this program. He's played a lot of good football for us.

"He's made a lot of big plays. He's been a good teammate to a lot of guys on the team and is certainly somebody that I have a tremendous amount of respect for as a competitor.

"Sometimes we have personal things we need to iron out and today he had a day to do that."

Saban said he had a discussion with both Bell and his mother about his status with the team. Saban did not go into details about their discussion.

"There were some personal things he needed to iron out," Saban said.

"I think he talked to his family about. I talked to his mom and we talked again today.

"I want Kenny to be happy. I'd love for him to be a part of the team if he can be happy doing that relative to any other personal responsibilities he has."

Senior defensive back John Fulton says he spoke with Bell today.

"We're fully behind Kenny," Fulton said. "That's like my brother. Speak to him everyday, spoke to him today. Great guy. Takes care of his children like that. He's a great guy."

Fulton was confident that Bell would make the best decision for himself.

"Kenny's grown and he knows how to handle situations," Fulton said. "He's very strong minded and strong willed. So he's going to make it. He'll be all right."

Bell, a senior from Rayville, La., tweeted that he was leaving the team Tuesday afternoon, posting, "it's been a nice run but I'm hanging up my cleats."

Bell also posted, "..I know I'm going to lose so many friends and followers and get more negative talk from people but truth is I Dnt care."

In addition, he posted, "..time too focus on my responsibilities MY kiDS."

Bell, who earned his degree last December, caught 17 passes for 431 yards and three touchdowns last year as a junior.

He suffered a broken leg in the regular-season finale against Auburn and missed the SEC and BCS championship games.

He played in Saturday's 35-10 win over Virginia Tech but did not catch a pass. Senior defensive back John Fulton says he spoke with Bell today.

"We're fully behind Kenny," Fulton said. "That's like my brother. Speak to him everyday, spoke to him today. Great guy. Takes care of his children like that. He's a great guy."

Fulton was confident that Bell would make the best decision for himself.

"Kenny's grown and he knows how to handle situations," Fulton said. "He's very strong minded and strong willed. So he's going to make it. He'll be all right."

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