TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 6: Members of the Alabama Crimson Tide take the field before the game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 6, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)The Iron Bowl is this Saturday, and while Alabama is decimating opposing defenses with ease, the availability of Damien Harris will be significant.Harris was effective with limited touches last weekend, finishing with 83 rushing yards on just seven carries. Unfortunately, the standout tailback left the game with a concussion against The Citadel.With the Auburn Tigers entering Tuscaloosa to battle, it appears Harris is still recovering from his injury. On Monday, the starting running back was not seen on the field. Instead, it was Najee Harris leading the backfield during practice.Fortunately for the Crimson Tide, Harris did make an appearance in the open period of practice on Tuesday.From Tide Sports:Running back Damien Harris (concussion) was at practice in a black jersey. He was absent yesterday.Alabama usually runs its offense through Tua Tagovailoa, but Harris is putting together a tremendous senior campaign. He currently has 678 rushing yards and seven touchdowns for the Crimson Tide.Harris still has three more days to fully heal before Alabama hosts Auburn. In the event that he’s inactive for the game, expect Najee Harris and Ronnie Clark to receive larger roles.[Tide Sports]
“Interaction with UN remains excellent and cooperation from Syrian authorities complete,” said OPCW spokesperson Michael Luhan, telling reporters at a press conference in The Hague, that the weapons inspectors on the ground had visited 18 of the 23 sites declared by Syria and that the team is proceeding with “functional destruction” to ensure the sites are inoperable.Specifically, he said the joint team is concentrating on destroying “what we call the critical equipment that is at the heart of the production facility, or that runs the mixing and filling units. That critical equipment will be destroyed, rendering the production facilities and equipment inoperable, unusable.”He said that “low tech, quick and cheap” methods were being used, such as filling equipment with concrete or smashing it, sometimes using heavy vehicles.With destruction activities now conducted at nearly all the relevant sites in Syria, he said: “It means that [Syria] will no longer have the capability to produce any more chemical weapons, and it will no longer have any working equipment to mix and to fill chemical weapons agent into munitions.” With that being achieved, the OPCW expects to meet the 1 November deadline set by the agency, he said.The Security Council formally approved the first-ever joint United Nations mission with the Nobel Peace Prize-winning global chemical weapons watchdog on 11 October. Earlier this month, the UN Security Council endorsed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s plan to deploy up to 100 UN and OPCW experts in a multi-phase operation to carry out its resolution on eliminating Syria’s chemical weapons material and equipment, scheduled for completion by 30 June, 2014.The Council passed its resolution after Syria agreed to join the Chemical Weapons Convention following a chemical weapons attack in August that killed hundreds of people in a Damascus suburb, in a conflict that has already killed over 100,000 people and driven some 6.5 million others from their homes since protesters first sought the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad’s Government in March, 2011.