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Tide Starts Strong in Wednesday's Practice



TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama football team had a strong start to Wednesday afternoon's practice but wasn't able to maintain that sharpness throughout the two and a half hour workout at the Thomas-Drew practice facility. The Tide's practice was held under hot, but relatively dry conditions, as the humidity levels remained below 40 percent through much of the day.

"Today's practice actually started pretty good, but it was real sloppy at the end," head coach Mike Shula said. "We had some penalties and some mental errors. We just had too many mistakes, especially with our veteran players, so it didn't end quite as well as we wanted."

Shula also announced the results of medical testing undergone by freshman offensive linemen David Ross (Homewood), who had sustained an injury to his right knee during Tuesday night's practice. Ross underwent an MRI on Wednesday, which showed no tears in any of his ligaments.

"David had an MRI and he doesn't have a tear," Shula said. "It is a sprained knee, basically. How long he will be out, we aren't sure about that right now, but it was good news."

The afternoon practice was the only scheduled workout of the day for the Tide. Alabama will return to the field for its third two-a-day practice schedule on Thursday, when the squad will practice at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

The Tide will hold its second scrimmage on Saturday, August 19, at Bryant-Denny Stadium. It will begin at 3:30 p.m. and is open to the public.