We wrote a little about this yesterday. Today, we offer a few additional details on the personnel matters facing Alabama as it enters spring practice.
TUSCALOOSA — Suspensions, injuries and a few early departures will leave a few Alabama football players sidelined when spring football practice opens Friday.
Include Alabama’s top returning rusher on that list. Tide coach Nick Saban said rising junior Eddie Lacy’s turf toe surgery will keep him out of all 15 spring practices.
Reserve offensive lineman Arie Kouandjio also will miss the spring, after knee surgery.
Saban said Duron Carter, son of NFL legend Cris Carter and a 2011 junior college transfer, is among three players suspended. No reason was given for the action.
For Lacy and Kouandjio, their spring absences were expected after they went under the knife. Lacy ran for 674 yards on 95 carries last season after hurting his toe in the fourth game. He was on crutches for the Jan. 21 national championship celebration in Bryant-Denny Stadium.
“The doctors made the decision to do what they did and how they managed it last season,” Saban said. “They made the decision on what they should do to fix it for the future, and that’s what we’ve done. But we knew that is a longer rehab when you have that kind of an injury.”
Kouandjio, the older brother of lineman Cyrus Kouandjio, hurt his knee before the season. Saban said both injured players have participated in the offseason conditioning program “to some degree.”
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