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Alabama practice report: WR coach absent, but expected back

The site of Alabama’s last full practice of the season shifted to Stanford Stadium near Palo Alto, Calif. Light rain fell on the field as the Crimson Tide stretched and went through some individual drills during the limited period of access provided to the media. The temperature outside was a cool 55 degrees, but the team opted for light gear.

With roughly 48 hours to go before its national championship game showdown with Clemson on Monday, Alabama elected to not wear pads. Here are some observations from the 15-minute viewing period:

— Wide receivers coach Josh Gattis was not spotted. He is dealing with a personal matter and is expected to be back with the team Saturday evening.

— Outside linebacker Christian Miller continued to wear the support strip on his injured left hamstring. He appeared to be limited in individual drills but was seen participating.

— Dylan Moses continued to work with the inside linebackers, although he acknowledged that he has spent time with the edge rushers in wake of the injury to Miller.

— Running back Josh Jacobs was spotted going through drills. He was not seen Thursday at practice.

— Tua Tagovailoa wore a sleeve over his left leg and appeared healthy. The quarterback continues to rehabilitate the ankle he severely sprained Dec. 1 in the SEC title game.

— As expected, left guard Deonte Brown was not seen. Brown, along with offensive lineman Elliot Baker and tight end Kedrick James, were suspended in late December because of an NCAA violation.

— Outside linebackers Terrell Lewis and Chris Allen, who each suffered major knee injuries in the summer, were active in individual drills even though neither defender is expected to play Monday.

— In what was the last full college practice of his career, Damien Harris helped conclude the team’s flex period by announcing the start of individual drills and racing off to the section of the field designated for the running backs.

Rainer Sabin is an Alabama beat writer for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @RainerSabin

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