In the wake of Dee Hart’s season-ending knee injury, a critical position change took place earlier this week. Brent Calloway, who began the 2012 season at the h-back position, has moved to running back in order to provide additional depth.
When the season began, the Crimson Tide were five-deep at the running back position, but due to Jalston Fowler’s season-ending knee injury, and the aforementioned Dee Hart, the once bountiful position, is now in need of support.
Where as one pivotal transition “debuted” following Alabama’s idle week, the much needed time off also allowed one key contributor the time to heal from a shoulder ailment.
Defensive back Deion Belue, who was injured during the first half of the contest against Ole Miss, is on the mend, and could contribute this Saturday against Missouri.
As of Wednesday, Nick Saban described Belue as “doing fine,” and reporters, via media viewing sessions, have confirmed that Belue has been taking repetitions at practice.
While much of the news concerning Belue is vague, the junior college transfer appears to be meeting the “injury timeline” that was noted by Nick Saban after the contest with Ole Miss.
“Deion Belue hurt his shoulder and never returned to the game,” said Saban. “I don't think that's serious. It's a week or two type deal. He's hurting right now, but I don't really feel like it's something that's going to keep him out for a long time."
Given the Tide’s idle week, Belue appears to be on-track with no apparent impediments.
In respect to the entire roster, mental and physical health will now be paramount for the top-ranked Crimson Tide. Beginning with the contest at Missouri, ‘Bama will enter a stretch of “season-defining” conference games that will take them through mid November.