Julio Jones practicing with Tide, but fate remains uncertain

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Julio Jones' status for No. 8 Alabama's game against Mississippi is still uncertain.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban says Jones practiced and caught passes Wednesday. Alabama's leading receiver broke his left hand against South Carolina and had surgery Sunday to insert a plate and screws. 

Saban says Jones will be evaluated further before determining his situation for Saturday night's game against the Rebels. He has said the main issue on playing time will be pain tolerance.

Saban says right tackle D.J. Fluker will miss the game with a pulled groin.

Jones played against the Gamecocks after breaking his hand and wound up with season-highs of eight catches and 118 yards.

INFORMATION SOURCE: University of Alabama Athletics