TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama center Ryan Kelly will be a “game-time decision” for the Iron Bowl, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said. Kelly sprained his knee during Tuesday’s practice.
“He will probably be a game-time decision in pregame as to whether he can or can’t play in the game,” Saban said during his Wednesday news conference. “Same kind of injury he had before, but not nearly as serious. We’ll see how that goes.”
Despite talk of him being out for the season, Kelly was at practice on Wednesday in a regular jersey.
Kelly worked off to the side with trainers and didn’t participate in any drills with the first or second team offensive line during the media’s viewing period. Saban said Kelly will also be limited in Thursday’s practice.
Redshirt junior Chad Lindsay took snaps with the first team at center. Lindsay replaced Kelly after he went down against Ole Miss with a stretched MCL. Lindsay also started the next three games (Georgia State, Kentucky and Arkansas).
“Chad Lindsay did great when he played,” Saban said. “We played great on the offensive line and he did a really good job. We have every confidence in him. We view him as a starter. Ryan has a little more experience because he’s played more, mostly this year, but Chad did a really good job for us and we have every confidence in him. It’s an opportunity for him. If Ryan can’t play, I’m sure he’ll do a good job for us.”
Fifth-year senior Kellen Williams took snaps at center with the second unit during Wednesday’s practice.
Williams also took extra snaps at left guard. Williams is Arie Kouandjio’s backup. Kouandjio twisted his ankle on Saturday against Chattanooga, but will likely play in the Iron Bowl.