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Thursday, January 3, 2013
Barrett Jones 'ready to roll' for Tide

By ESPN.com staff

ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach has a story on Alabama center Barrett Jones, who injured his foot in the SEC championship game against Georgia:
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Alabama All-American center Barrett Jones is still wearing a protective boot on his injured left foot but says he'll be ready to go when the No. 2 Crimson Tide plays No. 1 Notre Dame in Monday night's Discover BCS National Championship Game at Sun Life Stadium.

Jones, a senior from Germantown, Tenn., has practiced only twice since injuring the foot in the first quarter of Alabama's 32-28 victory over Georgia in the SEC championship game on Dec. 1. He spent much of the past five weeks swimming and running on a specialized treadmill to stay properly conditioned.

"It feels great," said Jones, who won the Rimington Trophy as the country's top center. "I've been able to practice for a few practices. I think the first day I was certainly a little rusty, and on the second day I was a little less rusty. I think it helps that I've started 49 games [in his Alabama career]. I'm ready to roll."

For the rest of Mark's story, click here.