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Trent Richardson’s status for Tide’s game Thurs. uncertain

After a week that saw him hovering somewhere between questionable and semi-doubtful, Trent Richardson did not play Saturday in Alabama’s comfortable 30-10 win over Mississippi State.

Whether the same thing occurs in two days remains to be seen.

The Tide running back injured his knee in the loss to LSU the weekend before last, but head coach Nick Saban seemed somewhat optimistic he’ll be available this weekend against Georgia State.

“He actually wanted to play in the last game, but we didn’t feel like he’d practiced enough or he was ready enough,” Saban said. “I still think we have to evaluate that day-to-day. It will be interesting. He really didn’t do anything on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, so he’s had three recovery days as well as rehab days to see where he is today, and that will determine a lot as to how ready he will be to play in this game and what contribution he’ll be able to make.”

No offense to Georgia State -- head coach Bill Curry has the first-year program at an impressive 6-4 -- but it’s Georgia State, Coach Saban. And then, eight days after that, it’s the Iron Bowl match-up with Auburn. Save your second-leading rusher for the game that matters, not what amounts to a glorified scrimmage.

And, again, it’s no disrespect to the Panthers. Rather, it’s a big picture kinda thing.