Alabama football coach Nick Saban updates injury status of Brian Branch, Justin Eboigbe

Chase Goodbread
The Tuscaloosa News

Brian Branch is likely to miss just one practice due to an injury sustained in Alabama football's Saturday 49-26 win over Arkansas, while the injury status for another member of the Crimson Tide defense, defensive end Justin Eboigbe, is much less clear.

Alabama coach Nick Saban offered updates Monday on Branch and Eboigbe along with that of quarterback Bryce Young, who sustained a shoulder injury against the Razorbacks. Branch, Alabama's starter at the Star position, was shaken up in the second half and exited the game. Eboigbe did not play.

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"Justin Eboigbe has got a neck injury that we're having specialists look at to make sure we manage correctly," Saban said, "and we're not going to allow him to play until we can get the exact most expert plan of action for him and his future."

Branch's return is critical to Alabama's secondary as the Crimson Tide (5-0) approaches a home game against Texas A&M Saturday (7 p.m. CT, CBS). Branch has made 22 tackles, two tackles for losses and a sack this season. Eboigbe has made 11 stops in four games.

Young, who was replaced by Jalen Milroe in the second quarter, is being evaluated "day to day" for practice availability, Saban said.

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