Thursday, October 14, 2010

Crimson Notes 10/14/10

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 24:  Julio Jones #8 of the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 24, 2009 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones continues to make progress after suffering a broken left hand against South Carolina.

Jones had a plate and screws inserted into the hand on Sunday and has been medically cleared to play if he can tolerate the pain.

On Wednesday afternoon the Tide receiver was at full speed while participating in every practice drill.

Jones was also catching passes with ease while showing no ill effects from the injury and surgical procedure.

Jones’ playing status for the contest against Ole Miss is still in question, but it certainly appears the Tide receiver is moving in the right direction.

While Julio Jones is making progress and could potentially play against Ole Miss, Crimson Tide right tackle D.J. Fluker will not be available this weekend.

Fluker sustained a severe groin injury in the loss to South Carolina and has been limited to a stationary bike thus far in practice.

Alfred McCullough is expected to start at the right tackle position until Fluker has been cleared for action and is once again able to contribute.

Linebackers Courtney Upshaw and Chris Jordan continue to recover from injury. Upshaw (ankle) and Jordan (hamstring) have been participating in practice this week.

While Jordan appears to be on the mend, Upshaw’s right ankle remains heavily taped and the Tide linebacker continues to favor the ankle at times during practice.

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