Alabama’s defense has been bitten by the injury bug this year, with players rotating in and out as they deal with bumps and bruises of varying severity.
Two key players — DL Da’Shawn Hand and DB Tony Brown — are dealing with knee injuries, but it is unclear when they’ll be able to play again.
On Wednesday, coach Nick Saban ruled Hand out for Saturday’s game against Arkansas, adding that he was unsure at this time whether Brown would be able to suit up:
Saban says sr. DL Da'Shawn Hand won't play this weekend, but "all reports are positive:"
"We'll take it week to week from there."
— Alex Byington (@abyingtonTD) October 11, 2017
Saban: Tony Brown (sprained knee) has progressed faster than I thought he would. Still unsure whether he'll be able to play Saturday
— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) October 11, 2017
Those guys are very important to what the Crimson Tide do on defense, but Saban’s squad always has a backup or two ready to go if needed.
Football is a “next man up” game, and no team is better equipped to handle that than Alabama, with its stable of former 5-star recruits ready to show what they can do.