An issue that initially looked concerning is apparently (mostly) better now.
Just two days ago, Alabama’s top defensive lineman was absent from practice with nary an explanation, while two other starters were absent because of punitive measures. Thursday, things were looking up in the trenches for the Tide.
The two wayward starters, Jarran Reed and Brandon Ivory, were back at practice and participating for the first time since summer camp began earlier this month. Both had been indefinitely suspended from the football team a short time ago, the former because of a drunk-driving charge. It’s unclear if Reed will face any missed game time because of the off-field incident.
Reed and Ivory started Alabama’s spring game, as did A’Shawn Robinson. The most talented of the linemen returning on that side of the ball, though, had been off the practice field for unknown reasons.
Nick Saban clarified that absence, saying that Robinson was dealing with a sprained knee and would officially be day-to-day.
“It’s probably going to take a few days before we get him back out there – maybe as much as a week or so,” Saban said. “We’re saying he’s kind of day-to-day, but we’re going to pretty cautious with this kind of thing, especially at his position because it’s not easy to function as an inside player if you have a sprained knee. We’re going to be pretty cautious with him.”