It was a beautiful, chilly October afternoon as Alabama began preparing for its epic showdown against LSU on Monday. Temperatures were in the 50s, but the wind chill made it feel like it was in the 40s.
The media was granted one short viewing period, so here are a couple observations…
Earlier this morning at his weekly press conference, Alabama head coach Nick Saban addressed A.J. McCarron (knee, back) and Amari Cooper's (ankle) injuries, saying that they'd probably be a little "slow" today, but "we look for them to progress pretty rapidly through the week and be OK, probably even by [Tuesday]."
Because the media could only watch for a couple minutes, it was hard to gauge how McCarron and his bruised knee and back were feeling. He was not wearing the brace on his right knee, though, so maybe it's feeling better. That, or it's just annoying and heavy. After sliding in the first half against Mississippi State last weekend, the brace became dislodged and McCarron kept tugging at it. Later, team trainers came on the field to take it off. McCarron eventually put it back on though.
Cooper, who rolled his ankle against the Bulldogs, did not participate with the other receivers during the viewing period. He was not wearing a black no-contact jersey though, which suggests he probably did practice later on.
Below is a video of the Crimson Tide running backs, quarterbacks and wide receivers: