C.J. Mosley might be ready to shed the black, non-contact jersey he's worn throughout the spring, but the calendar says otherwise.

That's why the Crimson Tide's star linebacker, who underwent a minor surgical procedure on his right shoulder after the BCS National Championship, probably won't be hitting much at Saturday's A-Day game.

"I’m pretty much where I want to be as far as a scale to get back to 100 percent," Mosley said after Tuesday's practice. "I’m shedding blocks as much as I can, I’m thudding the runners.
"It’s still spring, like I said, so there’s no rush to re-injure my shoulder."

During media viewing periods, Mosley has been close to a full participant, stepping to the side only when defensive coordinator Kirby Smart has his group of inside linebackers hit the blocking sled. Reporters, though, don't see much hitting in general, so it's unclear just how much Mosley has been able to do when Alabama goes live during its practices.

Mosley, who has honed his focus on an expanded leadership role, was credited with two tackles and an interception in Alabama's first scrimmage.

"Really, for me, nothing much has changed, but just to step up and be more of a vocal leader," Mosley said. "Other than that, keep holding everybody accountable, no matter how old they are or how long they’ve been here.

"If they’re going to play on the defense or the offense or be a role player for the University of Alabama, you have to maintain our standard."