Alabama is on its bye week, but that doesn’t prevent the team from practicing.

The Crimson Tide practiced for the second time this week Wednesday after taking Monday off. For the second straight day, players practiced outside on the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields in full pads. The team will begin its LSU preparation next week.

Observations:

- Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster was not seen during the lone viewing period of practice. Reggie Ragland and Dillon Lee led the inside linebackers through position drills, followed by Shaun Dion Hamilton and Keith Holcombe.

- Right tackle Dominick Jackson (ankle) also missed practice for the second straight day. Alabama coach Nick Saban said on Tuesday that he wasn’t sure if Jackson would be able to play against LSU. Left tackle Cam Robinson sustained the same high ankle sprain injury last year against Tennessee but managed to return in time for the Tigers after initial doubt about his availability.

- Junior Brandon Greene appeared to work in usual Jackson’s role as the first-team right tackle during his absence. Saban said Tuesday that Greene is the backup, but starting left guard Ross Pierschbacher and reserve Korren Kirven are other potential replacements.

- Freshman safety Ronnie Harrison (ankle) also missed practiced again Wednesday. Saban said Tuesday that Harrison should be “OK” by the end of the week.

- Safety Eddie Jackson (sprained knee) practiced again Wednesday with a brace on his right knee. He also practiced Tuesday. He left during the first half against Tennessee with the injury but eventually returned.

- A scout from the Indianapolis Colts watched Wednesday’s practice from the sidelines.

Next:

The Crimson Tide will practice for the final time this week Thursday before taking Friday and the weekend off.

Alabama players (Dalvin Tomlinson, Ross Pierschbacher and Geno Matias-Smith) spoke to the media prior to Wednesday’s practice. It’s the only time players will speak to the media this week.

Saban spoke to the media Tuesday night.