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Nick Saban expects Kenny Bell at Alabama practice Wednesday


Just hours after Alabama wide receiver Kenny Bell announced on Twitter that he is finished with football, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said he expects the fifth-year senior back at practice Wednesday. According to, Saban praised Bell's competitiveness in his Tuesday news conference, and said he gave Bell a personal day.

"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 said. "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."

It appears Bell agrees with his coach -- he Tweeted this Tuesday night:

Bell met with Saban about his decision, and Saban expressed his wish for Bell to remain part of the team,'s Cecil Hurt reported via Twitter.

It's hard to imagine a sit-down with Saban didn't prove very persuasive.

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