Outside linebacker Christian Miller and Terrell Lewis are one step closer to returning to the field.

The duo represents a large of chunk of the pass rush Alabama was counting on entering the season, however both suffered severe injuries in the season-opening win against Florida State. Miller tore his biceps muscle and Lewis suffered a torn ligament in his elbow.

Back on the field

UA coach Nick Saban updated their status without prompt during his opening remarks of his Wednesday evening press conference.

“We don’t have any new injury information. Alls I will say is, Terrell Lewis and Christian Miller are in what they call the ‘functional phase’ of rehab,” Saban said. “But not really medically cleared to play. As they go through this continued work on the field and so forth, at some point in time, I guess they’ll get medically cleared. As I’ve always said before: That’s a medical decision that our medical staff will make when the times comes, when they feel like they’re ready to get back out there and maybe be able to play.”

If either or both is able to return this season it would be a major boost to a linebacking corps that has been hit hard this season by injury.

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