Practice Report: 10/17

WR Christion Jones (ankle) ran routes Wednesday

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron continued to wear a knee brace, wide receiver Christion Jones ran routes for the first time this week, plus a couple other observations from Wednesday's practice.

It was a cloudless and beautiful 80 degrees Wednesday afternoon as Alabama continued to prepare for its rivalry game against Tennessee in Knoxville Saturday.

The media was granted two periods to watch practice. Here are some observations, along with another video of quarterback A.J. McCarron:

--McCarron (bruised knee) continues to wear a brace to protect his right knee. He was playing with it a little bit, suggesting perhaps it's not the most comfortable thing to wear (and if you've ever worn a brace of any kind, you know that it's not).

McCarron was limping a lot in between drills on Tuesday, but not as much on Wednesday. His throws were tight and his drop back motions were normal. As he told reporters Tuesday evening, "I feel good. Ready to go."

--Due to the depth at wide receiver taking a hit—the corps lost Chris Black (shoulder) before the season even started and DeAndrew White (knee) in the first quarter of the Ole Miss game, not to mention starters Christion Jones and Kevin Norwood have some nagging injuries—true freshman Cyrus Jones has been taking reps in the slot position. He had a catch for four yards against Missouri.

Said McCarron of his confidence in Jones: "All our guys are prepared, it doesn't matter who's got to go. And then when they're called, they've got to go out there and make plays."

--Christion Jones (ankle) ran routes today. He hadn't participated in drills during media viewing Monday or Tuesday.

--On the SEC Coaches' Teleconference this morning, head coach Nick Saban would not say whether LaMichael Fanning would be suspended for the Tennessee game this weekend after his body slam tackle of a Missouri running back last week. For what it's worth, he was practicing with the defensive linemen today as usual.

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