We already knew that Alabama offensive guard Deonte Brown, tight end Kedrick James and offensive tackle Elliot Baker didn't make the trip to Saturday's Orange Bowl national semifinal between the top-ranked Crimson Tide and No. 4 Oklahoma. Now we know that they will be out even longer than that.
Coach Nick Saban announced Thursday at Orange Bowl media day that the trio of players will be out for the College Football Playoff National Championship if the Tide top the Sooners due to unspecified NCAA violations, and they could be out even longer than that, according to AL.com.
"Those things (the NCAA violations) carry certain consequences," Saban said. "And those players knew the situation. They made poor choices and decisions."
Brown is the most notable of the players who are out for the foreseeable future. He took over as the starter at left guard midway through the season, and started every game other than The Citadel game for offensive coordinator Mike Locksley. With Brown in, the Crimson Tide averaged 5.62 yards per carry in November and 5.41 in the win over Georgia in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 1.