TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — After three days of practice this week, it’s still a wait-and-see deal for Alabama running back Trent Richardson.
Coming off a minor knee injury suffered Saturday at LSU, the sophomore still isn’t participating fully in practice, so coach Nick Saban couldn’t say for sure if he will play against Mississippi State.
“If he’s not better tomorrow, then I don’t know he’ll be ready to play in the game,” Saban said. “So we’re going to have to wait and see on that one.”
Richardson had a wrap on the injured leg during practice Wednesday when he participated in some of the drills during the media viewing period but not all.
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Right tackle D.J. Fluker practiced more and is on track to make his return to the field for the first time since suffering a groin injury Oct. 9 at South Carolina. Alfred McCullough was his replacement in the three games since then.
Reserve linebacker Chris Jordan wore a black non-contact jersey again Wednesday and rode the bike during the viewing period. Saban called his availability for Saturday “very questionable.”
Warmack knows Newton
With controversy surrounding Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, Tide offensive lineman Chance Warmack spoke for his former Atlanta-area West Lake High School teammate.
“I don’t really think any of that is true,” Warmack said of the mounting allegations facing Auburn’s Heisman Trophy hopeful. “At the same time, I don’t know what’s going on. All I know is what kind of person he is, and he’s a good person.”
Saying he’s got plenty to worry about in Tuscaloosa, Warmack said he wasn’t able to follow every breaking detail in the recruiting and academic charges thrown Newton’s direction.
“He has his team; I have my team,” Warmack said. “He’s one of my closest friends. At the same time, I have to do my job.”
Warmack said he hasn’t spoken lately to Newton, who was two years ahead of him at Westlake.
Rolando a resource
Now an Oakland Raider, Rolando McClain still is making an impact in Tuscaloosa.
Linebacker Dont’a Hightower said he has spoken to McClain several times, and he still uses some of his leadership techniques. He remembers one moment in a practice last season when McClain asserted his power over teammates.
“There were situations when people were joking around and goofing off, and sometimes Rolando would stop practice and have periods redone because players were joking around and not doing the things ” Hightower said. “You have to look up to that. Coach Saban looks up to that. Those things that are expected of him, I’m trying to do the best I can to step up and be the leader he was.”