Alabama football's Drew Sanders not expected to play vs Texas A&M because of injury

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama football will likely be without linebacker Drew Sanders for the game against Texas A&M and possibly more. 

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Wednesday during the SEC coaches teleconference that Sanders is "probably" out for Saturday because of a hand injury on which Sanders had surgery. 

"It was little maybe worse than we thought," Saban said. "He is going to be game-to-game here for a few weeks. We'll just have to see how it goes." 

Sanders has been starting for Alabama on the edge since the second game of the season. Starter Christopher Allen suffered a foot injury in the first game against Miami. 

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Through five games, Sanders has tallied 20 total tackles, one tackle for loss, broken up two passes and registered four quarterback hits. 

Chris Braswell and Dallas Turner have been the next players on the field at outside linebacker behind Will Anderson and Sanders. They're expected to fill the spot opposite Anderson during Sanders' absence. 

"Dallas Turner is a good young player," Saban said. "He is probably going to get more opportunity, as well as Chris Braswell at that position. Those guys have played some, but they are obviously going to get more opportunity now." 

Braswell, a sophomore who's a former 5-star prospect, made his biggest contribution on special teams this season when he blocked a punt that Jase McClellan returned for a touchdown against Mercer. He also has 10 total tackles and a quarterback hit. 

Turner, a 5-star freshman, has also received playing time early. He has four total tackles and a quarterback hit. 

Injuries have affected Alabama on both sides of the ball recently. In addition to Sanders' hand, McClellan suffered a knee injury in the Ole Miss game that Saban said Monday will keep the running back out for the year. 

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