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TUSCALOOSA – During his Monday afternoon press conference, Alabama head coach Nick Saban shared some positive news in regards to injury updates on a pair of key Crimson Tide players.
Senior defensive end Da’Shawn Hand (MCL strain) and sophomore running back Josh Jacobs (ankle) will return to practice on Monday after missing significant playing time due to their injuries. Both players are still day-to-day.
“We haven’t seen them this week. We’re going to practice today for the first time,” Saban said of Hand and Jacobs. “Both those guys will practice today and we’ll just have to go day-to-day with them and see how they progress.”
Hand has missed the last three games following a knee injury sustained against Ole Miss in Week 5. The 6-foot-4, 288-pounder recorded 11 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery prior to his injury. Hand was observed making progress last week during media viewings of practices, as he was seen working with his position group wearing a black no-contact jersey.
Jacobs exited during the fourth quarter of the Tennessee game two weekends ago with an ankle injury. Prior to his departure, he rushed for 47 yards on eight carries and caught two passes for 24 yards. After missing the first two games of the season due to a hamstring injury, Jacobs has totaled 124 rushing yards on 16 carries, while catching four passes for 72 yards and a touchdown over the last six games. Jacobs was observed wearing a walking boot and also wore a no-contact jersey last week.
“We feel like they’ve responded well to treatment,” Saban said. “They’re both in position and cleared medically to be able to participate in practice, but it still comes down to how a player feels that he can functionally do his job, and we won’t know that until we sort of progress through the week.”
No. 1 Alabama begins is preparations for No. 19 LSU on Monday with a 4 p.m. CT practice. The two teams will meet this Saturday inside Bryant-Denny Stadium with a 7 p.m. kickoff on CBS.