Wednesday DePriest was riding an exercise bike with a cast on his foot. The 6-foot-2 245 pound player hopes to be able to finish spring practice without surgery, but Saban told reporters that they wanted to "go ahead and fix it before it got bad."
DePriest's injury is the first major one of spring training for Alabama, and it opens the door for others to step up. Redshirt freshman Ryan Anderson will move to inside linebacker after spending most of the spring at outside. Saban said of Anderson, "He's a thumper."
Reggie Ragland, another rising player, will get more playing time. Ragland, a sophomore, was the formerly rated No. 2 inside linebacker for the 2012 class, and played on special teams last season. He will see his role expand with former starter Nico Johnson drafted by the NFL. Ragland at 6-foot-2 and 259 pounds is the biggest linebacker on the team.
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