Alabama football: Saban suggests Miller, Lewis, Wilson could return for Iron Bowl
TUSCALOOSA — Though he reiterated none are medically cleared, Alabama coach Nick Saban suggested there’s a possibility three of his injured linebackers could play Saturday against Auburn.
Outside linebackers Christian Miller and Terrell Lewis remain in the “functional phase” of rehab, the coach revealed Monday morning, along with inside linebacker Mack Wilson.
“Terrell Lewis and Christian Miller are in the functional phase of rehab and not cleared medically to play,” Saban said Monday. “Mack Wilson has not practiced yet and has not been medically cleared to play. Whatever is out there, I’m giving you the facts from here.
“I’m not saying that those guys are out for the game, and I’m not able to say whether they’ll be able to play in the game.”
Miller released a cryptic video on his Twitter account early Friday morning, splicing together clips of a September news conference in which Saban ruled him out for the season with clips from a WWE wrestling match between Randy Orton and The Undertaker. At one point, the Undertaker emerges from a fiery coffin.
“The dead has risen,” the narrator bellows.
That same day, AL.com reported, citing sources, that “barring a setback” Miller is “expected to play” against Auburn. The same report said Lewis is “on track to return” but a possible SEC Championship Game is “a more realistic target.”
Miller suffered a torn biceps and Lewis sustained an elbow injury in the season-opener against Florida State on Sept. 2. Saban ruled both out for the season.
Wilson suffered a foot injury in the team’s 24-10 win against LSU and underwent surgery that next day. On Nov. 6, Saban said would leave Wilson out “four to six weeks.”
All three players donned jerseys and sweatpants during Saturday’s 56-0 win against Mercer. Wilson had a walking boot on his right foot. Neither Miller nor Lewis were seen with any braces.
“Hey man, you know we got a lot of secrets packed in our bag,” Tide safety Hootie Jones said Saturday, when asked specifically if Miller may return for the Iron Bowl.
“We don’t let none of that get out there until it gets out there.”