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Friday, September 18, 2009
Jones looks iffy at best for North Texas game

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com


Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low


It doesn't sound like Julio Jones' chances of playing in Saturday's game against North Texas are real good, and it probably makes sense that he does sit this one out with Arkansas, Kentucky and Ole Miss coming up in the next three weeks.

Alabama coach Nick Saban said on his weekly radio show Thursday night that Jones (bruised kneecap) and running back Roy Upchurch (high ankle sprain) weren't 100 percent after trying to make it through their first practice of the week on Thursday.

"They haven't been able to practice enough probably to prepare," Saban said. "I don't think either guy is out of the realm of being able to play and will be back very soon after this game if they can't play in this game."

Terry Grant has moved back to running back this week after a short stint at receiver, and look for freshman Trent Richardson to get plenty of carries for the second week in a row.

Even with Jones not playing a big role to this point, the Crimson Tide have still gotten big plays from their receivers. Darius Hanks, Mike McCoy and Marquis Maze all have catches of 35 yards or longer in the first two games.