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Nick Saban gives latest update on Drew Sanders leading into LSU week

Drew Sanders celebrates a tackle in Alabama's win over Miami
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Nick Saban gave another positive update on linebacker Drew Sanders is set to begin practicing this week as the team goes begins preparations for its upcoming matchup against LSU.

“Drew will start practicing this week, and they’re going to do further X-rays to see how he’s healed,” Saban said. “There’s a good possibility that he may be cleared to play in this game.”

Saban previously stated that Sanders would go through further evaluations this week in hopes that there are no setbacks with his injury. But the hope has been that Sanders will be able to give it a go against the Tigers.

“I think there’s some possibility,” Saban said last Thursday. “I think they’re gonna do some scans on him next week early in the week, and if those work out, he may be able to play in the next game. But they’ve still gotta make sure he’s healed. If he’s healed then they can clear him to play. But the technology in medicine right now like unbelievable, and they can really tell whether his wrist and thumb and all that is healed properly so he won’t get reinjured and get a setback.”

Sanders has been dealing with a hand injury that has sidelined him sidelined him for the last three games. The sophomore was already replacing senior outside linebacker Christopher Allen who suffered a season-ending injury during the team’s season opener against Miami.

Replacing Sanders has been freshman linebacker Dallas Turner who has started all three games since his injury. In his three starts, Turner has recorded 11 tackles, 1.0 tackles for loss and one quarterback hit.

This post will be updated.

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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77

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