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September 1, 2009TUSCALOOSA _ University of Alabama senior right tackle Drew Davis and his teammates got a nice surprise Tuesday afternoon when senior defensive end Brandon Deaderick swung by practice right after being released from the DCH Medical Center.
"I was really happy to see him," Davis said. "He was very fortunate and very lucky. I said hey to him.
"Some people didn't even notice him, he kept a low profile."
Practice wasn't stopped but there was a great sense of relief among the players and coaches Tuesday after Deaderick was shot in a failed robbery attempt Monday night.
"If something happens to an Alabama football player, it spreads pretty quick," senior end Lorenzo Washington said. "We all knew, we all went over the try and see him, and this morning also. It's pretty crazy what happened. Just happy he's alive. He could have been gone."
Coach Nick Saban was among those to visit Deaderick in the hospital.
"It was a real eye-opener because he obviously didn't do anything wrong," Davis said. "It could have happened to anybody."
"It's an unfortunate thing to happen, one of our brothers to go down like that,"
Washington said. "He's going to get through this, we're going to help him get through this also and make a full recovery."
Alabama practiced inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility for the second straight day.
Injury report: Senior Cory Reamer missed practice again due to the flu. However, freshman quarterback A.J. McCarron was back in uniform. No one was in black, signaling no contact.
Former Alabama offensive tackle Andre Smith, who just signed with the Cincinnati Bengals, sustained a broken foot Tuesday. "Andre suffered a small fracture in his left foot during a non-contact drill," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said in a statement. "Our medical staff tells me the injury will not require surgery. It's too soon to closely predict how long it will be before he can return to practice, but it looks like he's going to miss a few weeks."
Washington on the ESPN promo featuring Saban: "I thought it was kind of funny, Coach Saban sitting there watching TV."