Reports: Four Alabama players to miss first half vs. Duke

Christopher Walsh

Per reports, Alabama's top-two running backs and two other players will miss the first half of Saturday's season opener for violating a team rule.

According to, juniors Najee Harris and Brian Robinson Jr. will sit out the first 30 minutes of the Crimson Tide's first game of 2019 against Duke in Atlanta for missing a team function.

BamaOnline added that they would be joined on the sideline by linebacker and Terrell Lewis and wide receiver DeVonta Smith.

Nick Saban is slated to meet with reporters twice on Wednesday.

If so, Chris Allen would likely start at strong-side linebacker, and Alabama has essentially four starting wide receivers.

Jerome Ford, who suffered an ankle injury during Alabama’s final scrimmage of fall camp, is next on the depth chart at running back.

“We’re going to work him in and see what he can do and try to do more and more each day and try to see if we can get him back to 100 percent,” Saban said about Ford last Thursday. “He’s done really well before he was injured so we planned on him playing in the game, and if he’s healthy enough and the doctors clear him and we feel like he’s 100 percent, we’ll play him in this game. If not, we’ll have to wait and kind of see how he progresses. So it’s going to be more day to day at this point to try to make that judgement.”

The team function was a movie during fall camp.