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Alabama football notes: Coach Nick Saban reveals quarterback Greg McElroy was 'dinged up a little bit' against Florida

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The injury to one of Alabama’s biggest offensive threats was updated Wednesday while another star’s injury was revealed.

The bruised knee of Julio Jones improved enough for him to practice more than he had the previous two days. Alabama’s leading receiver was back running routes with teammates during the media viewing period of Wednesday’s practice after sitting out the drill Monday and Tuesday.

Coach Nick Saban said Jones continues to improve heading into Saturday’s game at South Carolina.

When talking about quarterback Greg McElroy, Saban addressed an issue from Saturday’s win over Florida that was previously unreported.

After taking a shot to the head scrambling in the second quarter, McElroy didn’t show any problems until much later in the game.

“We didn’t know it until the fourth quarter when he called the play wrong and the formation wrong and then tried to run the play that we signaled,” Saban said. “So I said something was not right here. But he said he was fine, and he said, ‘I’ve been shaken up before and been able to play through it.’”

The exact nature of the injury wasn’t indentified. Saban just said McElroy was “dinged a little bit” and it wasn’t a big deal.

Backup linebacker Chris Jordan also practiced Wednesday with less wrapping on his pulled hamstring compared to the previous two days, but Saban said he was “more limited” than Jones.

In South Carolina, coach Steve Spurrier said the Gamecocks don’t have any new injury problems outside of last year’s leading tackler, Shaq Wilson, who won’t play because of a hamstring issue that’s been a problem all season.

Another agent issue

According to published reports, a Tuscaloosa judge issued an arrest warrant for Virginia-based agent Raymond Savage, who missed a second court date on charges stemming from a tampering incident involving Tyrone Prothro after breaking his leg in 2005.

Savage was accused of sending a representative of his firm to visit the injured player in the hospital after suffering the gruesome injury in a win over Florida.

The Birmingham News reported on its website that Savage claimed a health issue prevented him from attending Wednesday proceeding in which a misdemeanor plea deal would be finalized. The newspaper also reported the deal would be taken off the table and the agent would again face the original felony charge for failing to register as a sports agent in the state of Alabama.

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