TUSCALOOSA – Alabama head coach Nick Saban provided injury updates on a trio of players in his post-practice press conference Wednesday evening.
The updates began with redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Brandon Kennedy.
“Brandon Kennedy… We had to practice indoors yesterday and he had an ankle injury that required some surgery,” Saban said in his opening comments. “So he’s going to be out for an extended period of time. Not sure how long at this point.”
While Saban didn’t say it, Kennedy could miss the rest of the season due to his injury sustained in Tuesday’s practice. The 6-foot-3, 305-pounder played in three of the Tide’s first six games this season after appearing in seven last year as a reserved guard.
Alabama already has three players out with season-ending injuries — linebackers Terrell Lewis and Christian Miller and tight end Miller Forristall.
Senior defensive end Da’Shawn Hand will be out for the second-straight week after suffering a MCL strain in the Tide’s 66-3 win over Ole Miss two weekends ago.
“I can’t really make that call. It’s a medical decision,” Saban said on Hand’s progress. “I know he’s doing well. All reports are positive. He won’t play in this game and we’ll take it week-to-week from there. But I really can’t tell you that.”
Tony Brown sustained a sprained knee injury while filling in for Levi Wallace during the third quarter of last Saturday’s game at Texas A&M. The senior cornerback returned to practice on Wednesday for the first time since his injury.
Saban says Brown is making progress.
“He was able to do some stuff in practice today,” Saban said of Brown. “His position is probably a little harder to play with a sprained knee. He can run straight ahead pretty well but the change of direction, starting and stopping, redirecting, those are probably the most difficult things. He’s actually made faster progress than I had hoped, so that’s very encouraging.
“Whether he’ll be able to do enough to have a role in this game, we’ll probably have to wait and see. If he can do a little more tomorrow, that would be even more encouraging.”