Alabama Offensive Lineman Anthony Steen “has been cleared” to return to practice for the LSU game, according to Alabama football coach Nick Saban. Steen was out for last week’s game against Tennessee because of a concussion.
Steen participated in Tuesday’s Alabama practice. This was Alabama’s first practice session of the bye week.
Steen’s return is good news for Alabama after getting bad news that left tackle backup Cyrus Kouandjio was out with a knee injury that required surgery. Kouandjio suffered a knee injury during the Tennessee game.
Linebacker Jonathan Atchison is out with a bicep injury that required surgery. Atchison’s surgery is set for “later in the week,” Saban said.
Also out for the LSU game is Alex Watkins. Watkins suffered a broken arm in the Tennessee game. Watkins is expected to miss 2-3 weeks.
Speaking about the Alabama offensive line and challenges it faces with injuries, Saban praised the work of Alfred McCullough in helping to make Alabama’s offensive line deeper. McCullough “played well for us” in the game against Tennessee, Saban said.
Saban said McCullough could play right and left guard positions and tackle for the Crimson Tide. He is able to do this because of his athleticism, Saban said.
“When you have guys like that, especially in the offensive line, it makes it so much easier to be able to get your best guys out there,” Saban said. “He is really helpful because he can play so many places.”