College football picks insider reports that Alabama starting safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix had undergone an operation on his knee after the team's regular-season finale at Auburn. Coach Nick Saban, however, said that he would be ready to practice again within the next two weeks.
"Ha Ha will be fine," Saban said during a teleconference Sunday previewing the third-ranked Crimson Tide's matchup with No. 11 Oklahoma in the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Jan. 2. "I think that he had a scope, which probably in two weeks he'll be ready to practice and go again.
"We're not going to rush him back, but I certainly think he's going to be OK [to play]."
Football predictions expert reports that Alabama is yet unsure about its practice schedule. It hasn't declared when it will start preparations for the Sooners game. However, analysts think that it should take at least one more week before the team practices again. Clinton-Dix, meanwhile, has more than three weeks left until the bowl game starts.
Clinton-Dix, a junior, is listed among the top 20 of Scouts Inc.'s Top 32 draft prospects for 2014. He had finished the regular season ranking fourth on the team with total 46 tackles to go along with a pair of interceptions and six passes defended.
"Any time you play Alabama, they're very well prepared, they're very well coached and they have excellent players. All 85 of those guys can play," Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said during the bowl teleconference. "We know the challenges that will exist once we line up on Jan. 2. They're going to be prepared to play, I know that. I've never seen a Nick Saban team not be prepared to play and play at a very high level."
Naturally, Saban and his team would hope that Clinton-Dix gets ready for play as soon as possible. Missing a game by him could cost heavy enough for the team.