On Aug. 12, Ole Miss DT Benito Jones was taken from practice by ambulance after a scary hit that left him with a concussion.

Now, though, he’s back at practice and is expected to play on Saturday, when the Rebels kick off their 2017 season against South Alabama.

Jones told 247Sports that he’s slowly working his way back into game shape, but was encouraged by how Tuesday’s practice went:

“I’m back feeling good,” said Jones. “First practice day with contact. I didn’t feel (any) pain or get many reps, but I just wanted to get back in the groove.”

Though some might be hesitant to go back to full contact after such a serious injury, Jones said he’s eager to get back to where he was before his hospitalization:

“No sir. This is something I love to do and I give it (my) all every time I’m on the field,” said Jones.

Jones recorded 39 tackles (4.5 for a loss) and half a sack as a true freshman in 2016. He’ll be a big part of the Rebels’ defense this fall if he’s healthy.

Ole Miss takes on South Alabama in Oxford at 6:30 p.m. Central time on Saturday night. The game can be seen on ESPNU.