Alabama football's Jahleel Billingsley back at practice after 'some COVID protocols'

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama football tight end Jahleel Billingsley is back at practice after a brief absence. 

"We had some COVID protocols we had to go through with him," Alabama coach Nick Saban said. "And he is back out at practice. He needs to work his way back up the depth chart because he missed a little bit of time."

When Saban spoke Sunday, he didn't specify why Billingsley wasn't practicing, but this is what he said when asked how Billingsley can fit into what they do offensively: 

"I think that has a lot to do with his level of commitment that I talked about before, in terms of doing the right things, developing as a player,” Saban said Sunday. “He does have a lot of ability. He can be a positive contributor on the team. But he’s also got to buy into the principles and values of the team and be a good teammate. Do the things that everyone else in the organization does so that he has the respect of his teammates. We’re certainly trying to help him do that and hopefully he’ll be back out there with us in a few days. We’ll see how that all develops." 

Then, Billingsley was spotted practicing Monday during the media viewing period. 

Billingsley is in a tight end group with several other veterans such as redshirt junior Cameron Latu and redshirt senior Major Tennison. They are all competing for snaps and make up the depth chart that Saban says Billingsley will have to work his way up. 

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