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Alabama 4-Star Cornerback Has Been Forced To Medically Retire

Nick Saban pacing on the Alabama football sideline.

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 08: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts to a play during the second half against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

An Alabama cornerback has been forced to medically retire, head coach Nick Saban announced at his press conference this evening.

Nigel Knott, a four-star recruit in the 2016 class, will not play again for the Crimson Tide.

“Nigel Knott has redshirted medically for some of the medical issues that he had,” Saban said tonight. “He’s in school here. We want to support him and help him to get an education. He was a very good teammate for a lot of our players. He worked hard, really did a good job in this program, but the medical staff felt that it was not in his best interest to be able to continue to play football.”

Knott was the No. 8 cornerback in the country coming out of high school.

The former top recruit hadn't practiced with the team since the spring.

Alabama is coming off a blowout win over Duke on Saturday.

The Crimson Tide are set to host New Mexico State at 4 p.m. E.T. The game will be on the SEC Network.