Alabama's suspended LB Williams, injured linemen return to practice
Tim Williams became the last player to join the University of Alabama football team this season when the sophomore linebacker attended his first practice on Wednesday.
Williams had been suspended for violating team rules. Although per team policy Nick Saban never disclosed his transgression, the duration was apparently for training camp as fall semester classes began Wednesday at the Capstone.
Defensive linemen Brandon Ivory and Jarran Reed began camp suspended as well, but returned after a week. Neither has reclaimed his starting job from the spring yet.
According to numerous reports sophomore defensive lineman A’Shawn Robinson (sprained knee) and offensive lineman Dominick Jackson (sprained ankle) returned from injuries as well, making the practice the first of the fall with essentially all hands available.
“Missing Ivory and Jarran Reed and A’Shawn Robinson, you could say, well, coming out of the spring, that’s the starting three, four defensive linemen,” Saban said after last week’s scrimmage. “Really, that’s given a lot of other guys, (Joshua Frazier), several other guys, really Da’Shawn Hand a lot of reps. They have improved significantly. Rashaan Evans has gotten a lot of reps because Tim Williams isn’t here.”
Williams, who was expected to contribute as a pass-rusher this season, played in seven games, with three tackles including one for a loss last season.