According to Pete Thamel, three Alabama players have been suspended for the Orange Bowl.
Three members of the Alabama football team, including starting left guard Deonte Brown, will not be playing in the Orange Bowl according to a source. The three players didn’t make the trip to Florida because of a violation of team rules. Brown is believed to be the only starter impacted.
At this point we don’t know the identity of the other players and will likely never learn what they did, but this isn’t the kind of news you want just before the game. Lester Cotton has plenty of experience and will be in the spotlight now.
UPDATE: Saban has confirmed.
Statement from Nick Saban:— Charlie Potter (@Charlie_Potter) December 24, 2018
“We have three players, Deonte Brown, Elliott Baker and Kedrick James, who did not make the trip and are suspended due to a violation of team rules and policies.”