Alabama down key player at Tuesday practice

Will Ryan Kelly play against Tennessee?
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The anchor of Alabama's offensive line, center Ryan Kelly, once again missed practice Tuesday as he has yet to pass concussion protocol following the Texas A&M game. Kelly left the game in the second half Saturday and failed to return to the field. 

Once Kelly was out of the lineup, the Tide did not score another offensive touchdown in the game and the ground game suffered significantly with the shuffled lineup which finished the contest. 

Alabama head coach Nick Saban gave an update on his center's status Monday. 

“Ryan Kelly is under concussion protocol. When [Kelly is] normal, which he's very close, we'll allow him to resume activity,” Saban said. “That's not going to be today unless something changes between now and practice. We feel like he'll be OK. It's not that bad right now. We feel like he'll be OK in a few days. The medical staff has to make that decision.”

Saban also added, Kelly left the A&M game after “feeling woozy.” 

If Kelly is unable to play against Tennessee, expect sophomore J.C. Hassenauer to get the start. Hassenauer finished the game in relief of Kelly in the second half against Texas A&M. 

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