Report: Tennessee RB Jalen Hurd expected to be 'available' for Alabama

Nick Bromberg
Jalen Hurd has 407 rushing yards and two touchdowns in 2016. (Getty)

Tennessee could have running back Jalen Hurd for Saturday’s game vs. Alabama.

According to the Knoxville News-Sentinel, Hurd “should be available” to play vs. the Tide in Week 7 and has passed exertion tests. He was a participant — in a no-contact jersey — during the portion of Tennessee’s practice that was open to the media Tuesday.

Hurd didn’t travel with Tennessee to Texas A&M last week. Tennessee has been mum on his injury and its specifics. He was injured during UT’s comeback win over Georgia in Week 5 and missed much of the second half of that game.

Hurd is Tennessee’s leading rusher with 407 yards. In his absence, Alvin Kamara has picked up the slack. Kamara, who had 22 carries in the first four games of the season, had 16 carries for 62 yards and 18 carries for 127 yards and two touchdowns in the loss to A&M.

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Kamara was an even bigger part of the Tennessee passing game vs. the Aggies too. He had eight catches for 161 yards and a touchdown.

Tennessee will need both running backs to be (relatively) successful against the Crimson Tide. Alabama is No. 1 in the country against the run. Through six games, Alabama has given up 415 yards rushing and is holding opponents to 2.22 yards per carry. In its 49-30 win over Arkansas, the Razorbacks had 73 yards rushing on 36 carries.

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