Alabama was working outside in full pads for a normal day of practice before facing Mercer on Saturday.

  • We did not see Minkah Fitzpatrick during the open period of practice for the second straight day. But we did catch him walking through the football building wearing pads and a black noncontact jersey. He was considered day-to-day by Nick Saban earlier this week, so we’ll see if we get an update on him tonight.
  • Offensive lineman Ross Pierschbacher (high ankle sprain) did not practice today. We saw him walking around wearing a large boot on his injured foot.
  • In his place, J.C. Hassenauer continued to work with the first team at left guard. It was the same lineup we saw during the open period yesterday.
  • The inside linebackers went through position drills in the following order: Rashaan Evans, Dylan Moses, Keith Holcombe, Markail Benton, Joshua McMillon.
  • Later on during the viewing period it looked like Rashaan Evans continued to get some work at outside linebacker. That’s a little surprising given Alabama’s depth issues inside. It may have been a specific package or a different alignment, though.
  • Injured linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton was at practice helping Jeremy Pruitt out with his position group. He has a large brace on his injured leg but was able to hobble around.
  • In the dime package, Hootie Jones was lined up at Money where Minkah Fitzpatrick would normally be. Deionte Thompson slid in at safety in Jones’ place.

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