Saban Provides Injury Update on Three Tide Players
Alabama will have a few injuries leading into next week's season opener against Wisconsin.
In his final press conference before game week Thursday, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban gave an injury update on three players currently dealing with recently sustained injuries.
Of the three players named Thursday, two – offensive linemen Dominick Jackson and Korren Kirven – were mentioned by Saban after last Saturday’s scrimmage when both players were injured.
Jackson, a senior and the likely starter at right tackle, has participated in every practice since Tuesday, the team’s first day back after the scrimmage. Saban said at the time of the injury that Jackson had sustained a strained shoulder.
Kirven, a junior, has not played at all since spraining his knee in that intrasquad meeting last Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Believed to be an MCL sprain, Saban said Kirven is likely to return to practice next week.
The third injury, sustained by cornerback Bradley Sylve, was not mentioned after the scrimmage, though it is believed that is when it occurred.
Saban said Sylve had a “pin” put in his hand, which now has a cast on it. Nevertheless, the senior from Port Sulpher, Louisiana hasn’t missed any of the team’s practices this week, despite the injury.
“They think in a week they can take the cast off, so that’s next week,” Saban said. “He’s been able to practice with a cast on his hand, and that has not been a problem.”
Sylve was first spotted with the cast, which is on his right hand, at practice Tuesday, placing the time of injury and surgery sometime between this past Saturday and Monday.
Sylve has primarily worked as one of the team's two second-team cornerbacks this August.