Alabama notes: Freshman Dakota Ball breaks foot

Anniston StarSeptember 18, 2013 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Redshirt freshman Dakota Ball broke his foot at the end of Tuesday's practice, Alabama coach Nick Saban said.

Saban said Ball, a defensive lineman, will need surgery and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.

Ball, who's from Lindale, Ga., had emergency appendectomy surgery in August and missed a chunk of preseason practice.

Other injuries

After going out before Alabama's final touchdown drive with an undisclosed injury, it looks like right guard Anthony Steen will play in the Tide's game against Colorado State on Saturday.

On Monday, Tide coach Nick Saban said Steen was "probable," but Steen has progressed during the week.

"Well he practiced today, and most of the time when guys practice today that means they can play in the game on Saturday," Saban said. "So, I don't know what's going to happen between now and then, but I think he'll play in the game on Saturday."

Wide receiver Kevin Norwood and cornerback Deion Belue did not practice on Wednesday. They rode stationary bikes and wore black, non-contact jerseys.

Both are unlikely to play. The Tide has multiple receivers to fill in for Norwood and Saban said there are five potential replacements for Belue.

"Whether it be John Fulton, Bradley Sylve, Cyrus Jones and two freshmen, we're allowing all those guys to compete," Saban said. "At the end of the week, we'll see which one of those guys can play the best and those are the guys that we'll put out there in the game."

Saban didn't name the freshman, but Maurice Smith is the only freshman corner who has played in the first two games. Eddie Jackson was seen working with Saban's group of defensive backs during Wednesday's practice.

Cyrus Jones and Bradley Sylve worked with the first team defensive at cornerback. Geno Smith worked at the "star" position. Jarrick Williams lined up at "star" during Tuesday's practice.

Saban on Richardson

Former Alabama star Trent Richardson was traded by the Cleveland Browns to the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday for a first-round draft pick.

Tide coach Nick Saban spoke highly of Richardson, who helped lead to the Tide to the 2011 national championship and was a key contributor on the 2009 team that won the national title.

"First of all, Trent's a fantastic players, he's a fantastic person," Saban said. "I just heard about it when I came off the field, but no disrespect to anybody, but Indianapolis has a good quarterback, they have a good young team. Hopefully this is going to be a great situation and circumstance for him, so that he can have more success, and be a good player for a long time."

Richardson, who was drafted with the No. 3 overall pick in 2012, has rushed for 1,055 yards and 11 touchdowns in his short career. He also has 418 receiving yards and one reception touchdown. In 2011, Richardson was a Heisman finalist.

"The guy was a fantastic player here, we never had anybody who contributed more to the team in terms of how he played and how he affected other people," Saban said. "I think he would be a tremendous asset to any organization."

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