5 Alabama football players 'aren't expected to participate a whole lot' in spring practice: Who are they?

Teddy Couch
The Tuscaloosa News
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Alabama football coach Nick Saban provided injury updates as spring football began Friday.

Defensive back Malachi Moore, defensive lineman Phil Mathis, receiver John Metchie III and offensive linemen Pierce Quick and Emil Ekiyor Jr. "aren't expected to participate a whole lot" during spring practice because of previous injuries, Saban said.

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"We want to focus on getting these guys well," Saban said. "A lot of these guys have played really good football around here and don't have anything to prove here in the spring. It's better for us if we can give more reps to somebody else and let them develop."

Ekiyor started all 13 games, while Metchie and Moore both started 10 or more contests. Mathis started in six games and played in each game. Quick played in three games. 

Running back Trey Sanders has been able to do some individual work. 

"He's making really good progress," Saban said. "He can dryland run now. He's not 100% but he's getting there. We are very happy with his progress."

Reach Gadsden Times reporter Teddy Couch at teddy.couch@gadsdentimes.com or via Twitter, @Teddy_Couch.

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