TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The Crimson Tide did not escape Saturday’s scrimmage without injury, although coach Nick Saban said none was significant.
Sophomore wide receiver Julio Jones injured the ankle that Saban said was sprained “a little bit” on Thursday. He still caught three passes for 84 yards.
Freshman running back Trent Richardson also had his second scrimmage cut short after running eight times for 23 yards.
A sprained shoulder was the culprit, but Saban expects him “to be OK.”
The only other issue the coach mentioned was a stinger suffered by defensive back Marquis Johnson.
Running back Roy Upchurch, who had missed three practices this week with a groin pull, was wearing a black non-contact jersey during warm-ups and did not appear in the statistics provided by Alabama media relations.
Thursday, Marcell Dareus had a heavily taped right index finger, but that didn’t keep the defensive lineman from collecting two sacks and four tackles
Progress on the line
The much-talked-about offensive line is continuing to progress.
Saban said the second team is showing just as much improvement, but he wasn’t ready to list who is on which team, at least publicly.
The unit still is developing continuity after losing three of the five starters from last season’s group.
“I’m not disappointed in the progress that they made, but we realize that they need to continue to improve, especially opening with a very good defensive team that Virginia Tech has,” Saban said.
Two days off
For the first time since opening practice Aug. 6, Alabama football players will get two consecutive days of rest.
The Tide won’t practice today or Monday following Saturday’s scrimmage.
Workouts resume at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields.
The team’s next day off will be Sunday, Aug. 30, before beginning game-week preparations for the Sept. 5 opener against Virginia Tech in Atlanta.