Alabama's All-America center Barrett Jones returned to practice Tuesday, according to the Birmingham News. His return marked the first time he's seen the practice field since he sprained his foot in the SEC championship game against Georgia. Jones missed Alabama's first nine practices in advance of next week's BCS title game against No. 1 Notre Dame.
Jones won the Remington Trophy last month after being named the nation's best center. He's been a four-year starter and is the Crimson Tide's most-experienced player, according to the Tuscaloosa News. His return to practice is sure to be a welcome site for all involved in the Alabama effort.
The Crimson Tide will have three practices in Miami to prepare for Notre Dame. Before Tuesday, Jones was seen mainly riding a stationary bike on the practice sideline. He'll use the practices in Miami to accelerate his recovery and prepare for the Fighting Irish. The BCS title game is set for Monday night at 8 p.m. EST. It can be seen on ESPN.