On Monday evening, it looked as if Kenny Bell was done with football and leaving Alabama. A little later, his coach, Nick Saban, said the wide receiver wasn’t going anywhere and gave him a personal day.
(Wait. Nick Saban gives personal days???)
In any event, Bell will return to the Crimson Tide today.
“Kenny’s a fifth-year senior. He’s done a great job in this program, he’s played a lot of good football for us, he’s made a lot of big plays, he’s been a good teammate to a lot of guys on the team,” Saban told AL.com Tuesday. He’s certainly somebody I have a tremendous amount of respect for as a competitor. Sometimes we have personal things that we need to get ironed out.
“He had a day today to do that so there’s really nothing else to talk about when it comes to that.”
Bell confirmed on Twitter that he would be back today, rejoining quarterback A.J. McCarron and the offense.
I’m back with the team!! Just needed time to myself for a day but I couldn’t leave my boy @10AJMcCarron we ended this run together. #16
— Kenny bell (@TheKennyBell7) September 4, 2013
Saban said he’d talked with Bell’s mother and met with Bell on Monday night, after the wide receiver sent a couple of post-practice tweets, saying:
“..I know I’m going to lose so many friends and followers and get more negative talk from people but truth is I Dnt care.”
“..it’s been a nice run but I’m hanging up my cleats … time too focus on my responsibilities MY kiDS … I’ve made so many memories here @ Alabama but some things you gotta let go.”
Bell didn’t have a reception in Bama’s 35-10 victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday. A favorite deep target for McCarron, he caught 17 passes for 431 yards and three touchdowns before breaking his leg in a game against Auburn in late November. He underwent surgery in which a rod was used to stabilize his tibia.
“There were some personal things he needed to iron out,” Saban said Tuesday. “I want Kenny to be happy, I would love him to be apart of the team if he can be happy doing that relative to any other personal responsibilities that he has.”
Alabama’s next game is Sept. 14, against Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M.