Saban to Chat with Josh Chapman

Alabama's depth at nose guard was already thin with the Tuesday leg injury to Brian Motley. Now, with questions about the eligibility of true freshman Josh Chapman still lingering, Tide coach Nick Saban said the ex-Hoover star may not play against Western Carolina Saturday.

"It's a shame that anybody (in the media) ever got that out," Saban said of a grade changed from an 89 to a 90 by officials at Hoover High school. Saban said he'd speak with Chapman Thursday to determine how to move forward. "If there's potential for him to be ineligible, then the most prudent thing may be to not to play him in this game."

Motley is expected to miss at least six weeks, Saban said he learned from team doctors. Saban added that Motley's lower ankle will include a screw or two, and the coach can identify, due to an injury of his own.

"I got a couple of screws in mine," he said, adding that Motley's injury came during a team run drill. "We want to be safe in the way we do things," he said of practice procedures.

Saban added that he won't move personnel around on the defensive line to shore up the tackle position because "that would be robbing Peter to pay Paul."

The only other scholarshipped tackle behind new starter Lorenzo Washington is true freshman Alfred McCullough. Washington will make his first start in crimson.

"He's a big guy. He's a physical guy," Saban said, adding that the previous injury to Motley's hand may have meant a start for Washington in this week's game even had the latest setback not occurred.

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