There is no game this week for Alabama. But the Crimson Tide was back on the field Tuesday, working in shorts and shells. The Tide held a light practice at the outset of its bye week on a cloudy, 68-degree afternoon in Tuscaloosa.
Here are some observations from the limited period of access provided to the media:
— Jalen Hurts was not seen Monday, as expected. The quarterback underwent a surgical procedure following the team’s victory over Tennessee last Saturday after suffering a high-ankle sprain during that game.
— DeVonta Smith was once again present. The receiver is still recovering from a hamstring injury he incurred against Missouri on Oct. 13 and appeared limited. While other wideouts were running routes, Smith remained stationary and played catch off to the side. He was held out of the game against the Volunteers.
— Damien Harris led the running backs in drills after missing the start against Tennessee because of “internal reasons,” according to head coach Nick Saban.
— Defensive linemen Johnny Dwight and Stephon Wynn continue to wear knee braces. Dwight wears one on his left knee and Wynn on his right. Wynn has appeared in three games this year while Dwight has played in five. Both were inactive against Tennessee, however.
— A scout from the Denver Broncos was spotted.
Rainer Sabin is an Alabama beat writer for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @RainerSabin