Thoughts from Monday’s Alabama practice

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Alabama worked out in shorts, shoulder pads and helmets Monday evening.

Freshman receiver Chris Black joined practice, although he was in a black non-contact jersey. He hasn’t practiced since hurting his shoulder in early August.

Freshman receiver Amari Cooper practiced after playing only a little at the start of Saturday’s 21-17 win over LSU. He hurt his ankle in the previous week’s win over Mississippi State.

“Cooper didn’t really re-injure himself,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said earlier in the day. “He was just a little sore. He’s going to be able to practice and be ready to go this week.”

Running back Eddie Lacy dressed out but didn’t practice Monday. He played against LSU but hurt his ankle and didn’t finish the game.

“Eddie … should be OK by tomorrow,” Saban said. “Just a little banged up. Had a little ankle, tweaked it a little bit in the game.”

Here’s a short video of Cooper running a route in practice, so you can judge for yourself how he looks. We were stationed kind of far away from the drill, but if you expand the video to full screen, you should be able to see it fine:

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