Received my daily Tide News and saw the following courtesy of TuscaloosaNews.com:
Prothro leaves hospital, visits team
Alabama wide receiver Tyrone Prothro smiles as he
leaves DCH Regional Medical Center on Wednesday.
TUSCALOOSA — For the first time in 25 days, the entire University of Alabama football team was on the practice field Wednesday afternoon.
Thatâ€™s because Tyrone Prothro was able to make a brief appearance.
Prothro, the Crimson Tideâ€™s star wide receiver, was discharged from DCH Regional Medical Center on Wednesday afternoon. He had been hospitalized since Oct. 1, when he suffered a compound fracture of the left tibia and fibula in the fourth quarter of the Crimson Tideâ€™s 31-3 victory over Florida.
After leaving the hospital at 4:42 p.m., Prothro, who was in a wheelchair, was taken to the Crimson Tide practice field.
â€œHe was out here for a little while,” Tide head coach Mike Shula said after UA completed its practice. â€œThe guys kind of migrated over to talk to him when they could, just in between periods. The receivers were the first ones to see him and they all went over to talk to him.”
Prothro was accompanied by UA athletic trainer Rodney Brown and several family members, including his mother, Vivian Prothro.
Shula said that Prothro is still currently enrolled in classes at UA and would be staying in the Tuscaloosa area as he moves into the next phase of rehabilitation from his injury.
â€œHeâ€™ll be able to stay here,” Shula said. â€œHeâ€™s still enrolled right now. The academic plan for him is a good plan. Heâ€™ll be fine for next semester.”
Although Shula and the Tide players were excited to see Prothro, Shula said the rehabilitation process would be â€œa long haul for sure.”
â€œWeâ€™re just going to take it one day at a time,” Shula said. â€œHopefully, he will get better and eventually see progress and he will be able to get back out here and play.
â€œRight now, Iâ€™m sure heâ€™s just glad to be out of the hospital. He was excited to be here. He actually tried on a helmet for a minute.”
Prior to his injury, Prothro had 17 catches for 325 yards and three touchdowns. He led Alabama with 138.2 all-purpose yards per game.
His teammates said Prothro was animated during the brief time they got to visit.
â€œHe was in good spirits,” said cornerback Anthony Madison. â€œTo se him back out there after such a horrific injury, it was a blessing.”
â€œI was pumped,” said Tide wide receiver DJ Hall. â€œIt was a good feeling just to have him back on the field with us.”
SHULA SAID Alabama had â€œa good practice” on Wednesday in preparation for Saturdayâ€™s 2 p.m. game against Utah State.
â€œWe worked hard, but there were a few dropped balls today,” Shula said. â€œAny time the ball is on the ground, (practice) never feels as sharp as it should. We worked hard in the running game. Weâ€™ve done that for the past two days, and weâ€™ll continue to work on it.”
Defensive tackle Dominic Lee, who sprained an ankle in last Saturdayâ€™s win over Tennessee, was able to practice and is expected to see action against Utah State, Shula said.
UTAH STATE has a new head coach, Brent Guy, and Shula said on Wednesday that the Aggies will present different challenges than the USU team that Alabama defeated 48-17 in the 2004 season opener.
â€œOffensively, it all revolves around their quarterback (Leon Jackson),” Shula said. â€œThey will run the quarterback draw, or the quarterback power. Theyâ€™ll use him on the option. He will throw deep a lot. He makes quick decisions and good decisions. They have put up some points this season.
â€œThey have a really good receiver (Tony Pennyman) who is also the No. 3 kick returner in the country.
â€œOn defense, they are different than they were last year. They are a three-man front this year, instead of a 4-3. And they have some talent on defense.”
Get well, Prothro!!
ROLL TIDE ROLL!