While, after much conjecture and speculation, Alabama’s head coach will be there for the Tide’s postseason game, one of his starting offensive linemen won’t.
Nick Saban confirmed Tuesday that right guard Anthony Steen will be unavailable for the Sugar Bowl game against Oklahoma due to injury. The lineman underwent surgery recently to repair a lingering shoulder injury.
Saban said Steen played the second half of the season with the injury, but that, after further evaluation by UA’s medical staff, it was decided that “it would not be good that Anthony continue to play so we went ahead and got fixed.”
Steen has started all 26 games the past two seasons, and started 35 in his Tide career.
After announcing Steen wouldn’t be available for the bowl game, Saban said he’s weighing several options as a potential replacement, including Kellen Williams, Alphonse Taylor (no relation),Grant Hill and Chad Lindsay.
“I think Shank (Alphonse Taylor) has played there, Kellen Williams has played there,” Saban said Tuesday according to the Anniston Star. “We kind of felt like Grant Hill may be a guy that we look at guard at some point in time, so we may look at him there for a few days. We feel like one of the centers could move over there and play guard if we needed them to. We have several options. I think we want to try to look at all those things the next, at least these first four practices, where we’re really fundamentally working on things and see what the best combinations would be for us.”
One of the most consistent pieces of Wisconsin’s passing attack, such as it is, will be on the shelf for the foreseeable future.
A UW official confirmed to madison.com that Austin Traylor sustained a right-arm injury in Saturday’s loss to Iowa. As a result, the tight end will be sidelined for the rather broad period of 4-8 weeks.
At best, Traylor could return for the Nov. 7 game against Maryland after missing contests with Nebraska, Purdue, Illinois and Rutgers. At worst, he’d miss the remainder of the regular season, but could return for a bowl game, and perhaps the Big Ten championship game if the Badgers were to earn another berth.
Because he’s already played in five games this season, Traylor would not be eligible for a medical hardship waiver if he were to miss the remainder of the year.
Traylor is tied for the team lead in receiving touchdowns with three while his 15.6 yards per reception is tops on the team. He’s third in receiving yards with 156 and tied for fourth with 10 receptions.
With each passing day, it appears Miami won’t be able to avoid one of the most talented and productive running backs in the country.
Thursday, Dalvin Cook returned to practice for the first time this week. Cook suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter of Florida State’s win over Wake Forest this past Saturday, and had spent the previous two days of practice riding a bicycle while the rest of his teammates prepped for the in-state and conference rivalry game against The U this Saturday.
The Palm Beach Post wrote that Cook showed “no signs” of the hamstring injury that had some worried about his availability in Week 6.
Head coach Jimbo Fisher, who said Wednesday he doesn’t “ever count Dalvin out” because of his healing ability, will meet with reporters later this evening and could address Cook’s status for the weekend then. Or, he could play to keep the Hurricanes guessing, even as most assume the All-ACC back will be on the field.
Cook is far and away FSU’s leading rusher, with his 142.5 yards per game good for eight in the country and his six rushing touchdowns tied for 20th.