TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Brandon Deaderick keeps hearing people tell him he’s had a bad couple weeks.
“I tell them I’ve had a blessed couple of weeks. I could have been dead,” he said. “A lot of people came up to me and told me it’s helped them or inspired them to see me go back out there and play after something like that.”
Deaderick is recovering from a gunshot wound he suffered Aug. 31. He returned to play five days later in Alabama’s 34-24 win over Virginia Tech. Then, the day after the big win, Deaderick lost his grandmother and spent several days last week mourning her death in Kentucky.
Now he’s back. And the defensive end is ready to play.
The lingering effects of the gunshot still exist, however. He must clean the wound to his left forearm two-to-three times a day.
“The cleaning is pretty much the roughest part,” he said. “I think it hurts more than the actual shot.”
When he grew sick of tearing the hair from his arm when changing the bandages, Deaderick just shaved the rest of it off and went about his business.
Now, more than two weeks after taking the bullet, the wound are almost closed.
“It’s remarkable how gunshot wounds heal,” he said. “It closes from the inside out. So in about two to three weeks, I won’t have to wear any protective padding.”
When it comes to the investigation into finding the suspect that attempted to rob Deaderick and a friend that night, Deaderick said he hasn’t spoken to police in a while.
Status still questionable
Julio Jones’ and Roy Upchurch’s status is still up in the air as their injuries continue to heal.
On his weekly radio show Thursday evening, Saban said both were questionable for Saturday’s game.
“I don’t think either guy is out of the realm of being able to play, and will be back fairly soon if they can’t play in this game,” Saban said.
Jones, a sophomore receiver, suffered a bruised knee against Florida International last Saturday while Upchurch went down with a high ankle sprain. Neither has practiced at full-speed this week.
Saban also said highly-recruited running back Eddy Lacy will likely redshirt his freshman season.
unless another back goes down with an injury.