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Nick Saban provides update on status of Alabama football linebacker Will Anderson and starting corners at start of Florida week

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News
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Alabama football coach Nick Saban said Monday that outside linebacker Will Anderson is day to day right now after leaving the Mercer game with an injury. 

Saban said Anderson has been very encouraging but would probably take a day off Monday.

"We feel a little more encouraged than maybe after the game," Saban said. "We'll just see how he progresses through the course of the week." 

Anderson left the Mercer game early in the third quarter after a player rifled toward his knee on a cut block. Anderson went to the sideline, spent time in the medical tent, then walked to the locker room under his own power alongside members of UA's medical staff. 

After the game, Saban deemed Anderson questionable for Saturday's SEC opener. 

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Through the two games, the preseason All-America edge rusher has two tackles for loss, a sack and 12 total tackles, but really that's through about 1.5 games because of him missing most of the second half against Mercer. 

The Crimson Tide already lost starting outside linebacker Christopher Allen to a foot fracture that will likely keep him out for the year. Sophomore Drew Sanders started in his place against Mercer and has tallied eight total tackles and two pass breakups in the first two games. 

If Anderson can't play against Florida, sophomore Chris Braswell and freshman Dallas Turner would likely fill the void. 

Also on the injury front, starting cornerbacks Josh Jobe and Jalyn Armour-Davis missed the Mercer game after not practicing the week prior. 

"Both guys are expected to practice today," Saban said Monday. "We will kind of see where they are at practice and how they develop through the course of the week."

In their place, Kool-Aid McKinstry and Marcus Banks started and both grabbed an interception. McKinstry was selected as one of Alabama's players of the week by the coaching staff. 

Contact Alabama football reporter Nick Kelly: nkelly@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter: @_NickKelly

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