Alabama football notes: Jackson, Foster injured at scrimmage

Anniston StarApril 5, 2014 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama received a bit of an injury scare in its first scrimmage of spring practice as sophomores Eddie Jackson and Reuben Foster left the field, Alabama coach Nick Saban said Saturday.

Saban said Jackson suffered a knee injury in a "non-contact" situation and that he will have an MRI today. Saban said the second-year cornerback "just jumped up in the air for the ball and came down funny."

Saban said Jackson was "having a great spring and probably our best corner, most consistent."

As for Foster, Saban said he has a neck stinger, but that it shouldn't be serious. Saban said Foster has dealt with this all spring, but said the team wanted to shut him down for the rest of the scrimmage.

Jackson, from Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., played in seven games and made four starts last season. He totaled 19 tackles including one for loss. He also had one interception and two fumble recoveries. He was a four-star prospect in the 2013 recruiting cycle according ESPN.com and 247Sports.

Foster, from Auburn, Ala., played in nine games mostly on special teams. He had 12 tackles including one for loss. Foster was a five-star prospect and the nation's consensus top inside linebacker for the 2013 recruiting cycle.

Tony Brown's track status in question

Tony Brown's career as a dual-sport athlete may be in serious jeopardy at least for the rest of the spring semester.

Tide coach Nick Saban said Brown wouldn't run at the Crimson Tide Invite today and that he's "not sure exactly" how much more Brown will run this spring. His lack of running may stem from an injury.

"We have a schedule of when he can and can't run," Saban said. "He actually fell over a hurdle the other day when he was at track practice and sort of … Tony hurt his shoulder in the Under Armour game. He reinjured it going over a hurdle the other day. So, we're kind of … he's wearing a black shirt in practice so he doesn't have any other issues with it. I'm not sure exactly how much more track he'll do the rest of the spring. But we have a schedule that says what he's able to do.

"He's done a good job of managing both of those things. We feel like he's made a lot of progress and learned a lot by splitting time at spring practice."

DeAndrew White to miss all of spring

Tide coach Nick Saban confirmed that senior wide receiver DeAndrew White will miss all of spring practice. Saban also revealed that White is recovering from toe surgery. White has dressed in a black, no-contact jersey and worked off to the side with trainers during the media's viewing period of practice.

"He's starting to do light running on the gravity treadmill, running in the pool, really working hard, good rehab," Saban said. "These toes are something you don't want to push guys back on. We've had really good luck with the couple of guys who have had these issues, all the way a year ago, Eddie a year before that. We don't anticipate he'll be here for the spring, but we do feel like when June rolls around and we get started in the summer conditioning program he'll be fine."

Along with Amari Cooper and Christion Jones, White is one of the Tide's top returning threats at receiver. In 2013, he caught 32 passes for 534 yards and four touchdowns.

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