Green Gone, Two Others Suspended

Alabama Coach Nick Saban gave the definitive statement Tuesday on the status of three Crimson Tide football players who had been the subject of rumors in recent weeks.

Saban said that one player will not return to the Alabama football team this year and that two others have been suspended indefinitely.

It was no surprise that Saban announced that senior defensive back Robby Green, who sat out the 2010 due to an NCAA-mandated suspension and who then missed spring practice because of a suspension for violation of team rules, would not return for his final season.

Saban also announced that redshirt freshman wide receiver Keiwone Malone and sophomore defensive lineman Darrington Sentimore have been suspended indefinitely from the Crimson Tide football team "for a violation of team rules and policy."

There had been an unsubstantiated report based on unnamed sources within the past few weeks that Sentimore had left the team and would transfer to Miami.

Green, a native of New Orleans, played in 12 games as a true freshman in 2008 and in all 14 games in Alabama's national championship season in 2009 and had been projected as a candidate for a starting position prior to his 2010 suspension. He had career statistics of 39 tackles (26 primary), one interception, and six passes broken up.

Sentimore is a back-up defensive end who would be a third-year sophomore in 2011. After being redshirted in 2009, the Norco, La., native played in 11 games and had nine tackles (three unassisted) last season. He also had a forced fumble in his first college game against San Jose State.

Malone, who was redshirted as a freshman last year, is from Memphis. The speedster had been expected to challenge for playing time with the Bama wide receiver corps this year.

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