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Alabama's Suspended Players Ended Up Missing Just The 1st Quarter

A closeup of Nick Saban wearing a headset during an Alabama football game.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts in the second half of the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Alabama's suspended running backs and standout pass rusher ended up missing just the first quarter of today's game against Duke.

Reports earlier in the week suggested that running backs Najee Harris and Brian Robinson would be suspended for the first half. Terrell Lewis was also reportedly going to be suspended.

Nick Saban addressed the punishment earlier in the week, though didn't go into specifics.

"What happens on our team internally is an internal family decision that I don't feel is necessary to share with anybody outside our organization," Saban said.

Harris, Robinson and Lewis all ended up playing in the first half, though. It's possible the punishment was actually just for one quarter and not the entire half. All three players made contributions in the second quarter.

DeVonta Smith was also reportedly suspended for the first quarter.

Alabama and Duke are in a surprisingly tight contest, with the Crimson Tide leading the Blue Devils, 14-3.

The game is on ABC.