Saban: Alabama will be "very cautious" in COVID-19 protocols

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban isn't taking any chances with COVID-19 with the season approaching.

Saban says the team will use the 2020 safety protocols for “the next six weeks or so” even though the vast majority of his players are fully vaccinated.

“We're still going to be very cautious indoors and in meetings and so forth on trying not to have an issue with the COVID,” Saban said Thursday ahead of the defending national champions' first preseason practice. “We're hopeful that we'll be able to have full capacity in the stadium. I'm hopeful that more and more people will get vaccinated so they'll have the opportunity to do that. But that's everybody's personal choice.”

Saban spoke to reporters at a ceremony where the city renamed a street after his charity, Nick's Kids. Alabama opens the season Sept. 4 against Miami in Atlanta.

Saban said at Southeastern Conference media days last month that some 90% of his players are fully vaccinated. Alabama, meanwhile, remains the least vaccinated state in the nation with some 35% of Alabamians fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.

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