Saban: No decision on whether Chris Black plays this year

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Freshman receiver Chris Black rejoined practice last week after huring his shoulder in the preseason, but Crimson Tide Nick Saban said no decision has been made about allowing him to play in games this year.

Black required surgery for the injury, which happened in August. When he returned to practice, he wore a black non-contact jersey.

“He’s cleared for activity but he’s not cleared for contact,” Saban said. “He really is not cleared to play yet, he’s just out there doing drills. Maybe in another month or so he would be cleared for contact then we could make some decision.

“I think it might be kind of foolish to play him because it would probably be a bowl game only type of thing. But we’ll make that decision when the time comes. It’s a medical decision right now.”

Before the injury, he was expected to contribute plenty to the Tide receivers. Black was a four-star prospect out of First Coast High in Jacksonville, Fla., and Rivals.com rated him as the eighth best receiver in the country. Freshman receiver Amari Cooper, who leads Alabama in catches and receiving yards, was rated No. 6.

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