Clark Is Better

Clark Is Better

Thursday was inventory time for Head Coach Mike Shula, as the Alabama football squad took stock of their injury situation and sorted out those who will be traveling to LSU and who will be staying behind.

Senior defensive tackle Jeremy Clark, who sprained his ankle in yesterday's practice, took some repetitions Thursday and will travel to Baton Rouge, Louisiana with the team Friday afternoon and could play Saturday night when Alabama takes on the 12th-ranked Bengal Tigers.

"That kind of surprised everybody," Shula said. "He's making the trip - the good news there is if he continues to heal like he has (he will play). He did get a few reps today."

Junior receiver Keith Brown, still nursing a strained knee even though he played a few snaps in last week's game, will travel also make the trip and might be able to play according to Shula.

"We don't know yet" if he will start, Shula said. "He practiced better this week and hopefully he will be better by game time."

Two regulars on the Tide special teams this year, one of whom also had been the starter at safety, will "probably" not make the trip, Shula said. Rashad Johnson has been an excellent special teams player for two years, and took over starting duties at safety this year. He suffered a strained knee and sprained ankle on the same play against Mississippi State. Baron Huber, a reserve fullback and special teams player, is out with a sprained ankle.

Running back Jimmy Johns missed practice on Wednesday, but was back on the field Thursday and pronounced healthy. Johns had been nursing a sprained ankle and he took a dizzying blow on a kickoff coverage against Mississippi State.

"He's fine," Shula said. Johns was described as "feeling light-headed" on Wednesday, but Shula said Thursday "It wasn't a concussion or anything like that."

Ezekial Knight has been out with a mysterious head condition since the Arkansas game, and this week Shula said Knight was still undergoing tests to determine the cause. At this point, Shula said, Knight is likely out for the season. He did not meet the playing requirement for a medical hardship waiver.

On Friday the Crimson Tide will have a walk-through in Tuscaloosa before boarding the plane for Baton Rouge. They will have a light workout in Tiger Stadium before retiring to their hotel.

The captains for Saturday's game will be Ramzee Robinson, Le'Ron McClain and Antoine Caldwell.

"We've just got to play hard every single snap," Shula said. "Don't worry about anything else but that snap. We talked today just about being loose and being focused. They're going to make plays and we're going to make plays and we've got to find whatever it is to win the football game."

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