Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts sustained a high ankle sprain during the Tennessee game two weekends ago. He underwent a minor procedure and was absent from practice all last week.
“It’s going to be day to day,” UA coach Nick Saban said. “He’s going to start throwing (Monday). We’ll see how he moves around in the pocket. But he’s making good progress.
“These things typically take a week to 10 days before players start feeling really comfortable. So we’ll have to see how he responds each day with the workload as we increase it through the course of the week. We’ll go from there.”
LSU linebacker Devin White will not play the first half against Alabama. He was called for targeting during the fourth quarter of LSU’s last game, a win over Mississippi State.
“Devin White is probably as good a linebacker as there is anywhere,” Saban said.
White, a 6-foot-1 and 240-pound junior, leads the Tigers with 76 total tackles, seven of which have gone for a loss, with one sack. He has pressured the quarterback six times, broken up four passes, recovered two fumbles and forced a turnover.
“If they had other defensive guys or they didn’t, our game plan would still be the same going into it,” UA quarterback Tua Tagovailoa said. “But that is a big loss for them with him not being there the first half.”
Alabama is outscoring opponents 310-58 through two quarters this season.
The Alabama-Mississippi State game is set to kick off at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 10 and air on CBS, the SEC announced Monday. Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson and Jamie Erdahl will call the matchup from Bryant-Denny Stadium. UA has won the last 10 meetings against MSU.
The Bulldogs (5-3) are currently ranked 21st. The Crimson Tide (8-0) is No. 1.
While Alabama has a top-five contest against No. 4 LSU this weekend, Mississippi State will play an unranked Louisiana Tech. Both are road games.