That said, Saban did explain that defensive tackle Manuel Wright was absent because of illness. Wright was examined by a doctor, but Saban indicated Wright should be back soon.
Also missing practice on Wednesday was defensive end Jason Taylor, who has been having problems with cramps.
Cornerback Will Poole and safety Jack Hunt, meanwhile, both wore red jerseys, signifying they could practice but were to avoid contact.
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University of Miami head coach Larry Coker attended Wednesday morning's practice, along with UM defensive coordinator Randy Shannon, a Dolphins assistant coach from 1998-2000.