Alabama football LB Dallas Turner among players out or limited for spring practice

Chase Goodbread
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama football linebacker Dallas Turner, the team's most experienced edge pass rusher, and fellow linebacker Deontae Lawson will not participate in spring practice as they recover from injuries that required offseason surgery, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Monday.

"Shouldn't be any issues for them moving forward, but they're probably out for the spring," Saban said.

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Crimson Tide running back Roydell Williams and defensive back DeVonta Smith are also recovering from injuries, but Saban said they will likely rejoin practice at some point. As well, tight end Robbie Ouzts, defensive end Justin Eboigbe and defensive lineman Jah-Marien Latham will only be practicing on a limited basis.

"They probably won't be able to have full contact or be involved in a scrimmage at all," Saban said.

Lawson, an inside linebacker, made 51 tackles and broke up four passes in shared playing time with Jaylen Moody last season. Turner recorded 37 stops with four sacks and eight tackles for loss. Eboigbe was a starter at defensive end last year but was sidelined for the season with a neck injury.

The Crimson Tide held the first of 15 spring practices Monday, and will conclude spring drills with the annual A-Day scrimmage at Bryant-Denny Stadium on April 22.

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