Three Alabama football players, including one projected starter, have been suspended for violating team rules, coach Nick Saban announced Friday after the team's first practice of preseason camp.
Senior Brandon Ivory started all 12 games last season at defensive tackle. Junior Jarran Reed was expected to compete for playing time on the defensive line, and sophomore Tim Williams, who appeared in seven games last season, was expected to compete for playing time at outside linebacker.
Saban said the three players could rejoin the team at some point, according to AL.com:
"We're certainly focused on those guys that we have here to develop them to be the best players that they can be, because they've demonstrated they're willing to do the things they need to do and football is important enough to them to do the things they need to do to have a chance to be successful," Saban said.
The suspensions come after multiple Alabama football players had run-ins with the law this offseason.
Sophomore running back Altee Tenpenny was charged with marijuana possession, junior running back Kenyan Drake was charged with obstructing government operations and Reed and junior linebacker Dillon Lee were both charged with driving under the influence.
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Alabama opens the season Aug. 30 against West Virginia in Atlanta.
- Chris Johnson