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Alabama players suspended for Orange Bowl

26 December 2018

In a statement released to the media Monday night, Saban said, "due to a violation of team rules and policies", those three players didn't make the trip to practice and play with the squad for Saturday's College Football Playoff semifinal against Oklahoma.

Saban didn't indicate the duration of the suspensions or whether they might extend to the national championship game if Alabama wins. He started five games for the Crimson Tide, beginning with the Tennessee game on October 20.

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Yahoo Sources: Three Alabama players will miss the Orange Bowl for rules violation, including starting offensive lineman Deonte Brown. The 6-foot-4, 344-pound offensive lineman appeared in 11 games this season, making five starts. He played in all 14 games as a reserve last season. The victor will earn a spot in the CFP National Championship.

Kickoff between Alabama and Oklahoma is set for 8 p.m. ET. Last year, Alabama won Part III.

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Thamel's report comes on the heels of Clemson's Dabo Swinney announcing that three of his players failed drug tests leading up to the Cotton Bowl.

The College Football Playoff championship will be January 7, 2019 in Atlanta.

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Alabama players suspended for Orange Bowl