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Practice report: Injury updates, Alabama returns to practice after first scrimmage

Alabama's defensive line ready for position drills on Monday with coach Karl Dunbar: Stephen M. Smith - Touchdown Alabama Magazine

Alabama endured its third morning practice and 13th overall today in sunny, 82-degree weather conditions. The practice came on the heels of the team’s inaugural scrimmage last week and having a day off to rest and heal up. Players worked in full pads to kick off a second full week of practice.

Notes from Monday’s session 

-Defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson (ankle) wore a black, non-contact uniform and was spotted riding a stationary bicycle. According to Saban, the senior defensive tackle twisted his ankle during Saturday’s live scrimmage and is scheduled to “miss a few days.”

Da’Shawn Hand returned to practice after not scrimmaging last week.

-He, Jonathan Allen and Da’Ron Payne took defensive linemen through position drills. The trio of Dakota Ball, Joshua Frazier and Johnny Dwight followed the group, while Quinnen Williams, O.J. Smith and Raekwon Davis followed the second group under the watchful eye of coach Karl Dunbar.

Rashaan Evans appeared to be limited during the second viewing period. He did a couple of drills with inside linebackers, but mainly stayed at the back of the line and jogged around.

-The first-team unit on the offensive line (left to right) continues to be: Cameron Robinson, Lester Cotton, Ross Pierschbacher, Bradley Bozeman and Jonah Williams. Coach Brent Key got on this group a lot for not properly executing technique and leverage, while working the sled.

-Defensive back, like defensive linemen worked in groups of three under coach Saban. Marlon Humphrey, Shyheim Carter and Eddie Jackson lined up in the first group. Jared Mayden, Minkah Fitzpatrick and Ronnie Harrison performed drills in the second group.

-Linebacker Keaton Anderson (#31) was spotted working with safeties and wide receiver Trevon Diggs (#7) was seen working with cornerbacks. Diggs had been training with safeties for much of fall practice.

Bo Scarbrough was back in action, after Saban said he got “dinged up” last week. He led all running backs through position drills, with Damien Harris, B.J. Emmons, Lawrence Erekosima and Joshua Jacobs behind him.

-Both lines of quarterbacks have remained the same, even after one scrimmage.

-Quarterbacks went through pass-catching drills with tight ends, during the first of two viewing periods. Cooper Bateman led one line, with Blake Barnett standing behind him. David Cornwell led the other line, with Jalen Hurts lining up behind him.

Due Up

-The Tide will return to practice tonight at 7:30 p.m. for its last two-a-day session.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama MagazineYou can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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