It was cloudy and about 75 degrees as Alabama began Day 2 of Tennessee preparation. The media was granted two periods to watch practice. Here are some observations:
--A couple hours before practice, Russ Mitchell, College Football News' SEC football columnist, reported that A.J. McCarron had a slight meniscus tear in his right knee. McCarron went down with a knee injury in the third quarter of last week’s Alabama-Missouri game, but returned on the next series.
After the report came out, McCarron’s family members, namely his mother Dee Dee Bonner and cousin Rusty McCarron, took to Twitter to refute the claim, saying it was “100% false.”
After an MRI Sunday, Alabama head coach Nick Saban said Monday that AJ McCarron’s knee was bruised, but he was otherwise “OK.” McCarron practiced later that afternoon and looked fine.
However, while watching McCarron practice Tuesday, he was clearly limping and trying to stretch and shake out his right knee in between throws. Being sore had no effect on his ability to throw the ball, but he did look gimpy.
But no matter what the deal is regarding McCarron’s knee, it’s going to take more than a bruise or a report to keep him from playing in Knoxville Saturday.
You can watch McCarron at today's practice in the video below.
--Wide receiver Christion Jones (ankle) did not run routes, but he wasn’t wearing a black no-contact jersey, which suggests he probably participated more heavily later in practice.
--Wide receiver Kevin Norwood (ankle, foot) had his ankles taped up and a sleeve over his left knee, but he participated and wasn’t limited in any way.
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