Tuesday, August 24, 2010

'Bama Returns to the Gridiron

TUSCALOOSA, AL - APRIL 17: Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram #22 waits for a punt during the Alabama spring game at Bryant Denny Stadium on April 17, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Dave Martin/Getty Images)
After taking a short hiatus to recover from Saturday’s productive scrimmage, the Alabama Crimson Tide returned to the practice field on Tuesday.

The practice session was rather humdrum but the Tide injury situation has greatly improved.

Running back Blake Sims, who has been out of action since the initial scrimmage of fall camp, finally returned to the gridiron on Tuesday. Sims had been out due to a dislocated toe.

As mentioned in a previous post, nose tackle Josh Chapman (bruised thigh) and running back Trent Richardson (bruised shoulder) were injured during the second scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday. However, as expected, both Chapman and Richardson were back on the field Tuesday afternoon participating as usual.

Cornerback DeMarcus Milliner remains sidelined with an ankle injury. However, the Tide freshman did jog during practice and was “attentive” during drills concerning his position.

The unfortunate health story continues to be that of Tide safety Kendall Kelly. Alabama coach Nick Saban said Kelly has yet to be cleared by the medical staff and his return is still in question.

Kelly has been absent since the first practice of the preseason due to dizzy spells which were attributed to heat related issues.

Alabama will continue to practice through Saturday and game preparation for the San Jose State Spartans will begin on Monday.

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