TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Barrett Jones won’t practice this week because of a foot injury he suffered in the SEC Championship Game win over Georgia, but he will dress out and ride the exercise bike during workouts.
Alabama coach Nick Saban said he is holding out Jones as a precaution. Jones is wearing a cast on the foot, but he said he’ll play in the BCS National Championship Game against Notre Dame.
When asked about the foot, he recited the answer as if he had been asked 1,000 times: “Sprained foot. Going to be fine. Can’t wait to play. How’s that?”
In other injury news, noseguard Jesse Williams (knee), receiver Kenny Bell (broken leg) and running back Jalston Fowler (knee) rode exercise bikes during Tuesday’s practice. Running back Dee Hart (knee) and receiver DeAndrew White (knee) did light running.
Williams was held out as a precaution, like Jones. Fowler, Hart and White are not available to play against Notre Dame. All three had knee surgery this season. However, Bell is a possibility, even after having surgery to repair his broken leg three weeks ago.
“How he does, how he manages, what his tolerance is to activity, will be determined as we go,” Saban said. “I can’t make a call as to whether he’ll play in the game or not at this juncture.”
Defensive back Jarrick Williams, who had surgery in the preseason for a knee injury, is back practicing, although he is wearing a black non-contact jersey. Saban said he doesn’t know if Williams will be available to play in the BCS game.
“How he’ll progress and whether we decide to play him in the game will be a decision that we’ll make later on, based on the progress that he makes,” Saban said.