Alabama practiced indoors Wednesday since it was raining on and off outside. Players were in full pads. No. 1 Alabama hosts No. 16 Mississippi State on Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Here are some observations from the two open-viewing periods:

    • Among the wide receivers, Jerry Jeudy was not seen at practice. Do not know why, but UA coach Nick Saban will address the media tonight. Wide receivers Henry Ruggs III (leg) and DeVonta Smith (hamstring), however, were at practice, went through all of their drills and ran routes. This morning on the SEC teleconference, Saban said: “Henry practiced the whole practice yesterday. … Smitty did some things in practice yesterday. We’re trying to get those guys to where they can go out there and compete and contribute and do their job well.”
    • Quarterback Jalen Hurts (ankle) was going through all of the drills. He threw back and forth with Tua Tagovailoa, who’s sill wearing a right knee brace. Neither opted out of the kneeling portion. When they worked on footwork, Hurts went to the back of the line and looked to be taking his time. He also walked up and down the field when the quarterbacks threw to the wide receivers while the others jogged.

    • Linebacker Joshua McMillion, who was absent Tuesday, returned to practice. No word as to why he missed a day.
    • Running back Najee Harris looked like fine going through drills. His right ankle was heavily wrapped. Saban said on the teleconference “he’s doing really well.”

      • Defensive back Shyheim Carter‘s right hand was wrapped. Carter said Tuesday: “My hand is fine.” He stopped wearing the club three weeks ago and hasn’t had any problems.

      Saban will be available around 6 p.m. Otherwise, that’s it for practice reports this week.

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