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Alabama Football: Injury News Going into Gainesville

C.J. Mosley (32) plays a hard-to-replicate role for the Alabama defense. If he is unable to play, it is unlikely one player will be able to do everything he does.
C.J. Mosley (32) plays a hard-to-replicate role for the Alabama defense. If he is unable to play, it is unlikely one player will be able to do everything he does.Greg McWilliams/Getty Images
Brett HudsonContributor IIISeptember 29, 2011

In the press conference following practice yesterday, head coach Nick Saban shared with the media some injury news on some pretty big names. Here's what the commonplace Alabama fan needs to know. 

Linebacker C.J. Mosley is still listed as questionable after suffering an elbow injury against Arkansas. He has been in practice and is involved in the gameplan, but is very limited when it comes to actual practice reps. Saban said he will likely be a game time decision.

If he is unable to play, the Tide will try to fill his role by committee like it did against Arkansas. Jerrell Harris would see more snaps, pass rush specialist Alex Watkins would see more action, and true freshmen Trey Depriest and Vinnie Sunseri would see the field on defense to give Mosley's replacements some time to breathe. 

Running back Eddie Lacy is having some issues in his right foot, probably just some serious soreness. In position drills, I thought Lacy looked sluggish, but Saban said that the doctors thought he would be fine by Saturday and that he hoped his involvement in practice will increase in the next two days. I would put him a little higher than probable.

I don't see a situation where Lacy is unable to play in Gainesville. But if he is not at 100 percent, Alabama would probably turn to Jalston Fowler to fill his shoes. This may be a step down in experience, but definitely not so in overall talent.

On the offensive line, backup guard Arie Kouandjio (Cyrus's brother) is feeling symptoms from a nagging knee problem. He has been limited in practice and his status for Gainesville is unknown.

The only time Kouandjio would see the field in important minutes would be if starting guards Anthony Steen or Chance Warmack got injured. If that happens in Gainesville, Saban will likely stick Cyrus Kouandjio at left tackle and move Barrett Jones to where the injured guard used to be. So, no problems there.

That's all that Saban talked about injury wise. Other than that, the Tide is healthy and in the process of closing preparations for the trip to the Swamp.


For more Alabama coverage from Brett, check out his B/R profile. 

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