Alabama football: Nick Saban confirms widespread linebacker injuries

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Injury report

Every Alabama outside linebacker is hurt.

Okay, not really. But four of them are, and Nick Saban confirmed that two significant contributors — starter Christian Miller and second-string Terrell Lewis — are out for the season. Their first two backups, Rashaan Evans and Anfernee Jennings, are injured as well, though not as long term. In the meantime, Jamey Mosley (C.J.’s younger brother) is leading the line at practice, followed by several young faces, including freshman defensive lineman LaBryan Ray.

The news isn’t all bad for Alabama’s linebackers, though: Shaun Dion Hamilton is back, 100 percent.

In other Alabama headlines:

Comic relief

The SECShorts crew from the Alabama Media Group got their skit from the game filmed and posted quickly, and it’s worth a watch: An FSU fans’ game night gone wrong.

24-hour rule

Monday, even Labor Day, marks the start of game week and time to look ahead to Alabama’s next opponent — in this case, Fresno State. Tommy Deas of The Tuscaloosa News has four things to keep an eye on, mostly to do with the offense. The beat took to video to preview the Bulldogs, California edition:

A tragic note

Meiko Locksley, son of Alabama wide receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, was shot and killed in Baltimore on Sunday night.  Saban issued his public condolences to the Locksleys at his Monday press conference, followed by an outpouring of sympathy from other sources at Alabama and beyond.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mike, (his wife) Ms. Kia and the entire Locksley family over this tragedy,” Saban said. “We’ll do everything we can to support Mike and his family in this time of tragedy.”

Locksley will take a leave of absence. Analyst and former Heisman winner Chris Weinke is coaching in his stead.

Built by ‘Bama

Justin Thomas won his fifth tournament of the year — a feat only matched by three other golfers this decade: Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day — when he won the Dell Technologies Championship in Boston on Monday. Thomas, 24, outlasted his good friend Spieth to win the tournament by 3 strokes after a back-and-forth affair between the pair and Marc Leishman.

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