TUSCALOOSA -- While Alabama versus LSU is always one of the more physical games in the country each year, rarely is there ever any chippiness on the field.
From a player standpoint, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley said there is a lot of respect, but Mosley couldn’t speak for the fans.
“As far as the football field I think there’s a lot of respect, I don’t know about the fan’s perspective,” Mosley said. “Even if it does get chippy, Alabama is not that way. I try and do a great job with the our defense when offensive guys get chippy with us. I try and make sure guys keep their head, and still play the next play. If you’re going to be a football player, things are going to get emotional in a game and guys are going to do what they have to do, but at the end of the day that’s not how we see ourselves at Alabama.”
Mosley said the intensity during practice this week has been raised a few levels.
“I feel everyone took this week well,” Mosley said. “We had a good bye week of practice, everybody got to go home. Some players got rested up, everyone got to see their families, so when we came back we knew what had to be done for this week coming up, for practice. Guys came in ready to focus and be ready for this game.”
Alabama true freshman running back Alvin Kamara hasn’t been with the team this week because of “behavioral reasons,” Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said during his Wednesday news conference. Saban wouldn’t give details on Kamara’s absence and provided no timetable for his return.
Kamara, one of four running backs signed in the 2013 class, was last seen during Thursday’s practice, the final workout before the players were allowed to leave for fall break and the bye weekend.
Kamara had his knee scoped during preseason practice and missed a few weeks, which set him back. He has yet to play this season and is expected to redshirt along with Tyren Jones. Kamara has worked with the scout team throughout the season.
After missing the Tennessee game for “medical reasons,” Alabama nose tackle Brandon Ivory will play in Saturday’s game against LSU, Tide coach Nick Saban said. Saban said Ivory is “fine” and doesn’t have any issues.
Saban also said cornerback Bradley Sylve has practiced some, but is “still not 100 percent.” Saban said Sylve’s status is uncertain and he’ll be “kind of day-to-day.”
Wide receiver Amari Cooper (toe, knee) said he is “100 percent” for this game.
Cornerback Deion Belue (toe) has been a full go during practice this week.