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Nick Saban Updates Alabama's Injury Report Ahead Of Citrus Bowl

Nick Saban on the sideline for Alabama.

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 23: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide watches from the sideline during the first half of a game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Vanderbilt Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Nick Saban probably had more injury issues to deal with than ever before at Alabama. Obviously, the season took a turn when Tua Tagovailoa went down against Mississippi State, but he was banged up weeks before that, and wasn't the only one.

The Crimson Tide are also in a new position for the program, having missed the College Football Playoff for the first time. In the Playoff era, it has become common for players not playing for a national title to skip bowl games, if they think they have more to lose than gain from an NFL Draft standpoint.

Pass rusher Terrell Lewis and star cornerback Trevon Diggs are already set to sit out against Michigan in the Citrus Bowl. On Monday, Nick Saban updated the status of some of the injured players that could also miss the matchup.

Freshman defensive lineman DJ Dale, a rare starter at Alabama in his first year, will likely miss the game due to a knee injury. The Tide are also not likely to get Trey Sanders back from a training camp injury, though with Najee Harris' breakthrough this season that is less impactful.

From Saturday Down South:

“DJ Dale has not responded very well to treatment and medications to try and get him in a position where he might be able to play, he is doubtful and we are going to explore other protocols to get him better,” Saban noted on Monday evening.

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“Trey Sanders has been cleared to do on the fieldwork but we do not feel he’s a guy that’s going to be ready to play in the game,” the Alabama head coach shared.

If there is some good news for the Tide, it is with tight end Miller Forristal, who Saban says has a "good chance to come back and play" from a voice box injury suffered in late October.

“I think Miller Forristal probably has a good chance to come back and play in the game, just depends on how he responds to the activity and the contact,” Saban added.

The Tide get back to practice today, ahead of a Jan. 1 Citrus Bowl against the Wolverines.

[Saturday Down South]