Deonte Brown, who took over the starting left guard position for the Alabama football team at mid season and became a powerful blocker in the Crimson Tide rushing attack, has been suspended for Saturday’s College Football Playoff semifinal game against Oklahoma.

In addition to Brown, offensive tackle Elliot Baker and tight end Kedrick James were also suspended and did not make the team’s trip to Miami on Monday.

“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,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said in a release on Monday.

Brown, a 6-foot-3, 334-pound redshirt sophomore from Decatur, took over the starting position in the Tennessee game and started five of the remaining six contests this season, missing the Citadel game due to turf toe. Lester Cotton Sr., who started the other eight games, will likely step up to play in Brown’s place.

James appeared in five games this season but did not play after the Arkansas game. Baker, a junior college transfer from California, had not seen action

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