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Alabama outside linebacker Will Anderson practiced on Tuesday, Nick Saban said during the SEC Coaches Teleconference on Wednesday.

Anderson suffered a knee injury in the Mercer game that forced him to leave in the third quarter.

"We're taking it day by day," Saban said. "If he continues to make improvements throughout the rest of the week, he certainly could play in the game."

The injury was the result of a cut block in the third quarter, and Anderson did not return to the game.

On Monday, Saban said the team felt a little more encouraged about Anderson's injury than it did after the game. In the Mercer postgame, Saban deemed Anderson questionable for the Florida game.

"If he doesn't play in the game, we have several other players who have played the position, (Chris) Braswell and Dallas Turner," Saban said Wednesday.

The duo stepped in for Anderson when he exited the game because Drew Sanders was already filling the other starting spot, in place of Christopher Allen, who suffered what is likely a season-ending foot fracture in the opener.

If Anderson has to miss time, it would be a significant blow considering the chaos he creates on the edge. Anderson was a preseason All-America first-team selection.

Saban said Allen and Anderson are both "very unique players."

"These other guys are capable," Saban said. "They're young guys, so they don't have the same amount of experience, but we're certainly confident they can go in and do a good job for us."

This article originally ran on annistonstar.com.

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