Alabama notes: Nick Saban says Tide fairly healthy coming out of spring practice

Anniston StarApril 22, 2014 

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- While there are always players with a few bumps and bruises, Alabama coach Nick Saban said the Crimson Tide made it out of spring practice fairly healthy.

Two players -- linebacker Reuben Foster and offensive lineman Grant Hill -- went down during the Tide's A-Day game on Saturday, but Saban said both will be fine.

Hill had a "knee sprain." As for Foster, he had a "slight concussion" after a collision that left him immobile on the field for a few seconds. Foster has battled a neck stinger all spring that limited him during practice and the first two scrimmages.

Saban on McClain

Former Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain looked to be on track for a return to the NFL, but that all came to a sudden halt.

McClain has once again retired and the Baltimore Ravens have placed on him the retired-reserve list, according to multiple reports. This is the second time McClain has retired from the league with the first being last season. Saban said he hasn't spoken with McClain since the latest news broke, but remains supportive of his former star player.

"He was in a great state of mind, and seemed like he was excited about going to play," Saban said. "He's been in Tuscaloosa and done a really good job in school. We just want the guy to be successful and want him to be happy, and anything we can do for him, I think he knows we're there for him."

Tide players heading New York for draft

Three former Alabama players have been invited to New York to attend the NFL Draft, according to

Left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, safety HaHa Clinton-Dix and linebacker C.J. Mosley will be among the record 30 prospects in New York City on May 8-10.

Kouandjio has dropped in a lot of mock drops following his less than stellar performance at the NFL combine and reports of failed physical exams because of his surgically repaired knee.

Clinton-Dix and Mosley are both projected as first-round selections.

Alabama and Texas A&M tied for the most players with three each. Louisville and Ohio State will have two players in attendance. The SEC led all conferences with 11 players invited, followed by the Big Ten (5), the ACC (5) and American Athletic (3).

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