Alabama running back Derrick Henry was held out of Wednesday's practice with an illness.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Henry was sick with a case of tonsillitis Tuesday, and, as a result, did not practice Wednesday.

"He probably could have practiced today, but rather than take a chance, we did not practice him today," Saban said during his Wednesday evening press conference. "We expect him to be back tomorrow."

Through three games this season, Henry leads the Crimson Tide in rushing with 370 yards and seven touchdowns on 54 carries. Overall, he currently ranks 15th in the nation in rushing yards and first in rushing touchdowns.

In last Saturday's 43-37 loss to Ole Miss, Henry rushed for 127 yards and one score on 23 carries.

So far this season, Saban said he has seen improvement in Henry's game.

"I think Derrick has improved, because he's a really hard worker, he's a very conscientious guy," Saban said. "He really wants to be the best and do the best, and the team means a lot to him."

"... And I think the effort and sort of intensity that he plays with, the toughness that he brings, are all things that are very positive to setting a good example for a lot of players on our team, and it helps him be a very productive player."

No. 12 Alabama (2-1, 0-1 SEC) hosts Louisiana-Monroe (1-1) this Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium, with kickoff scheduled for 3 p.m. on the SEC Network.