A familiar voice visited the Crimson Tide Sports Network by phone on Saturday on the pregame show prior to Alabama and Texas kicking the football off in Austin.

Eli Gold, the longtime voice of the Crimson Tide, spent about five minutes visiting with play-by-play announcer Chris Stewart and color analyst John Parker Wilson. Gold missed his second game this season because of orthopedic issues. Gold said it was important to him to let Alabama fans know that he is not dealing with an illness.

Gold said his "progress is going fine" but does not have a set timetable to return to the booth.

"I'm not going to be back next week. I'm not going to be back the week after," Gold said during his radio appearance. "But, I will be back. It's just a matter of getting my act together. Everybody is doing great. It's going to take a little bit for me to get back, but hang with me."

Gold said that he has lost over 100 pounds, which should help the healing process with "less (stress) on your legs." He said he's been energized by support from Alabama fans and enjoyed last week's victory over Utah State.

"Last week, we saw all sorts of new faces perform well. I'm not shocked a bit," Gold said. "I talked to Coach Saban last week, and he was excited about getting the season get [underway], as am I, as a fan."

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