Nick Saban provides injury update on Tyler Steen, other Alabama football starters before Iron Bowl

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama football has several injury questions marks heading into the Iron Bowl.

Several starters such as Jahmyr Gibbs, Eli Ricks and Cam Latu did not suit up for the game that Alabama won 34-0 over Austin Peay on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Plus, starting left tackle Tyler Steen left the game right before halftime and did not return for the No. 8 Crimson Tide (9-2).

"He's got a twisted ankle," Nick Saban said postgame. "He'll be day to day."

Gibbs, who twisted his ankle against Ole Miss, should start practicing Monday. Latu also has a twisted ankle, per Saban, and should start practicing next week too.

Ricks has cleared concussion protocol, Saban added. The cornerback sustained a head injury on the first drive of the game against Ole Miss a week ago and was in street clothes during the game against Austin Peay (7-4).

"I think he will be able to start practicing Monday," Saban said.

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In Gibbs' absence, Jase McClellan was stellar for the Crimson Tide. He ran for 156 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns. That's an average of 9.2 yards per carry, almost a first down each time he touched the football.

Terrion Arnold filled in for Ricks again, while Robbie Ouzts was at the top of the list for the tight ends taking over in Latu's absence.

Amari Kight filled in for Steen at left tackle.