Tide notebook: Saban says Perry likely will need shoulder surgery
by Marq Burnett
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TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama senior safety Nick Perry will miss the Ole Miss game and likely will need shoulder surgery, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban announced Wednesday.

“Nick is out for this game,” Saban said during the SEC's weekly teleconference with reports. “I think the decision has been made that he’ll probably need surgery. I don’t think we’ve scheduled a time for that yet.”

During his Wednesday news conference, Saban said Perry will be out for the season if he has surgery.

Perry, a senior, injured his shoulder during practice last week and missed the Tide’s last game against Colorado State. Perry has practiced this week, but has dressed in a black, non-contact jersey.

Perry saw most of his time on special teams in the first two games. He also came in as a reserve safety and lined up at the “money” position, Alabama’s sixth defensive back in dime packages.

Perry, a Prattville native, played in all 13 games last season, started four and had 37 tackles.

Perry was at Wednesday’s practice, wearing a black, non-contact jersey and watching for the most part.

FREEZE ON WALLACE: Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze didn’t take kindly to the way quarterback Bo Wallace’s comments during the Rebels Monday availability were represented.

Wallace said, “I think we have better receivers than A&M,” when discussing the similarities between Ole Miss and Texas A&M’s offenses. Wallace also said, “I think we can put points on them (Alabama),” when discussing the Tide’s defense.

Freeze said he “did not like the way it came across in the media.”

“I went and watched the interview,” Freeze said during the SEC teleconference Wednesday. “What Bo was saying, and if anyone would go watch the interview, I don’t think he was being quite as cocky as people make him out to be. He was basically asked to compare our guys to A&M’s and of course he has confidence in our guys. He made the comment that top to bottom he thinks ours (wide receivers) may be better than A&M’s.”

Freeze appreciates Wallace’s confidence in his teammates.

“It was certainly not, I don’t think, meant to be in anyway other than having confidence in our guys,” Freeze said. “I love him having confidence. They asked him about the points, and he says, I feel like we can score points every week.

“I think a bit much was made out of that, and I would encourage everyone to go and hear his interview.”

FREEZE ON DENZEL NKEMDICHE: Ole Miss’ defense may receive a huge boost against the Tide on Saturday if linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche is able to return from a knee surgery that was supposed to sideline him for four to six weeks.

Freeze provided an update on Nkemdiche’s status Wednesday.

“He went through practice (Tuesday),” Freeze said. “The big test this morning was would there be a lot of swelling in the knee? We were pleased to find out that he did not have hardly any. We feel very good about it as of (Wednesday).

“We'll go through practice (Wednesday) and we’ll check it again Thursday morning and if Thursday morning he looks like he did this morning, he’ll be ready to go.”

Nkemdiche injured his knee in the season opener against Vanderbilt, but has pushed hard for a return against the Tide.

In last year’s game against Alabama, he had 11 tackles including a sack and two tackles for loss.

Denzel is the older brother of star freshman Robert Nkemdiche.
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