Nick Saban: Alabama wide receiver Cam Sims ‘is healthy,’ but not ‘100 percent’

Alabama wide receiver Cam Sims at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Alabama wide receiver Cam Sims at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Alabama wide receiver Cam Sims practiced on Tuesday and Wednesday, adding another step to his speedy recovery after tearing his left ACL and LCL during a March practice.

Coach Nick Saban told the media that Sims — originally expected to contribute big minutes as a sophomore — is making strong progress as the team nears its second game of the season.

“The plan for him is, you know, we’re not trying to throw him totally into the fire,” Saban said during a post-practice press conference on Wednesday night. “We’ve got a plan where he gets so many reps a day, and we’re trying to increase that on a weekly basis by maybe 10 percent or so in terms of how many reps he gets.”

Saban said the team is worried about typical knee-related issues: overuse, tendonitis and swelling.

“That’s what we’re trying to avoid,” he said. “And so far, it’s worked pretty well.”

Is Sims 100 percent?

“I think he’s healthy,” Saban said. “I don’t think he’s been able to put enough work in to get back to 100 percent, but he’s getting closer and closer and more encouraged. We’re very encouraged with the progress that he’s made to get to where he is right now.”

Sims was expected to miss the full season as recently as mid-August, but he’s continued to exceed expectations. There’s still a chance he can help fill the 2015 void created by the departure of receivers Amari Cooper, DeAndrew White and Christion Jones.

His mother, Chastity Butler, explained Sims’ recovery process to AL.com’s Matt Zenitz on Aug. 6.

“He hated to go through this because he felt like this was going to be his breakout season,” Butler said. “But I told him just to focus on just looking at this as a little snippet of his life and what he has to go through, and it makes for good stories in the end — that he had to go through this injury, he’s never had a major injury before and just how he can build on it for later on and down the line because this isn’t the end.”

The Crimson Tide will take on Middle Tennessee State this Saturday at 3 p.m. CT (SEC Network).


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