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Eddie Jackson available for Alabama, if needed

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Alabama is not going to rush cornerback Eddie Jackson back to the playing field, but he will be available for the Crimson Tide Saturday against West Virginia if he is needed. Head coach Nick Saban said he would prefer to proceed with caution with Jackson, who underwent knee surgery to repair a torn ACL in spring practice.

“I wouldn’t rule out the fact he can play in this game,” Saban said, per “But I would rather go in to the game thinking we would use him if we needed to rather than pushing him in the game.”

Saban said Jackson was not cleared for football activity in early June, but he must be doing well enough to be an option in the season opener. For now, Jackson will occupy a back-up spot on the depth chart until he is ready to go full speed and prove ready for an increased role in the defense. Cyrus Jones is currently listed as a starter ahead of Jackson.

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1 Response to “Eddie Jackson available for Alabama, if needed”
  1. bigedefense says: Aug 28, 2014 1:43 AM

    WOW! That is a quick recovery from ACL recon. Spring ball was in April, so he is 4 to 5 months from the surgery. I know that they have made huge strides in that particular surgery, but man that is quick. I tore my ACL in college 25 years ago & back then if you came back in less than a year, people were amazed. I thought the early return time now a days was 6 months. I hope that it’s changed & this young man isn’t rushing just to get back to playing. If that’s the case, he will regret it. The second surgery is ALOT more painful & takes a lot more time to heal. (I tore my ACL in my right knee 3 times. Being the scholar i am, I decided it was time to give up football after #3. Haha).

    I don’t see Coach Saban playing him unless he (Saban) is confident that Trey is at least 90%.

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