Fewer in Orange
Mark Anderson

Posted Sep 20, 2005


Less orange is always a good thing. Thus was the case Tuesday at Alabama football practice as several players shed the orange "injured" jersey and returned to work with the team.

Starting defensive end Mark Anderson didn't share in the good health fortunes, however. Anderson had surgery to put two pins into his right hand earlier Tuesday afternoon, and was not on the practice field.

"Mark broke his right hand," Tide Head Coach Mike Shula said. "We think he'll be ready for the game. We feel pretty good about it actually. He'll practiced limited tomorrow and be able to go on Thursday."

Shula said Anderson would be in a cast from just above his wrist to the end of the hand. Defensive ends coach Paul Randolph said he expected Anderson to be just as effective as he has been with the cast.

Several players had the fortune of shedding the orange "injured" jersey and get back into practice on Tuesday. Those included Trent Davidson (foot surgery), Mark Sanders (knee/ankle), Eric Gray (hamstring) and Justin Britt (shoulder), who were all in their normal practice gear on Tuesday.

Roy Upchurch, the freshman running back who had season-ending ankle surgery last week, attended practice in an orange jersey on Tuesday. He was moving around gingerly on crutches.



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