Zach not playing
LB Zach Thomas
LB Zach Thomas

Posted Nov 30, 2005

There have been stories the last couple of days about Zach Thomas trying to play Sunday against Buffalo with a harness on his injured right shoulder. It's not happening. Coach Nick Saban said that in no uncertain terms on Wednesday.

“I don’t know where you guys get your information, but Zach is still week to week," Saban said. "He’s not going to play this week. He probably will be able to play sometime in the near future, but that’s going to be determined week to week and as he rehabs himself and develops the kind of strength and so forth that he needs, then we’ll decide together with him when that time is that he is ready to play. And there’s no speculation on it, I don’t have a timetable on it and don’t ask me, what if, because I don’t know."

After Thomas visited with Dr. James Andrews on Monday and was given the go-ahead to try to play, all three major South Florida newspapers reported that Thomas would give it a shot.

Thomas' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, had said the same thing Sunday night during his weekly segment on Miami television station WSVN.

For his part, Thomas said last week the ankle injury was the one keeping him out of action. When he was asked which of the two injuries was a big problem at this point, Saban didn't offer an answer.

"I can’t really speculate on that," he said. "Both are making good progress, but I can’t speculate on that. I really don’t know. With either injury, he would struggle to be able to play this week. Both injuries are progressing nicely."

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Wide receiver Marty Booker (calf), guard Rex Hadnot (knee) and defensive end David Bowens (ankle) are were limited in practice on Wednesday, and Saban said all three woul be evaluated on a day-to-day basis.

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