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Friday's practice report

TUSCALOOSA _ With University of Alabama senior linebacker Alex Watkins out for the rest of the spring after having knee surgery, the Crimson Tide shuffled its reserve linebackers a bit during Friday’s practice.

Redshirt freshman Adrian Hubbard appears to have stepped into Watkins place as senior Jack linebacker Courtney Upshaw’s primary backup. Hubbard redshirted last season while having some injury issues.

Sophomore Tana Patrick and converted defensive end Anthony Orr lined up behind Hubbard during individual drills, but Patrick was later seen working with the strongside linebackers as well.

There was no change in the status of injured/absent players. Sophomore defensive lineman Brandon Moore and senior defensive back Robby Green continued to serve suspensions while junior offensive lineman Tyler Love missed his fourth practice after sustaining a concussion.

Senior safety Mark Barron (torn pectoral), sophomore cornerback Nick Perry (shoulder), sophomore linebacker Jonathan Atchison (bicep), sophomore safety Jarrick Williams (shoulder) and senior tight end Brad Smelley (wrist) all wore black jerseys signaling no contact.

Alabama will hold its first spring scrimmage Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. All practices until A-Day on April 16 are closed to the public.

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