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 Al.com. “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.