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Nick Saban Suspends 2 Alabama Players For The First Half On Saturday

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 will be without two of their offensive players in the first half of their season opener against Duke.

Head coach Nick Saban has suspended two running backs — Najee Harris and Brian Robinson — for one half of football on Saturday. Both players missed a team function which led to the suspension.

The news of the suspension came from

Alabama RBs Najee Harris and Brian Robinson will be suspended for the first half of the season opener against Duke for missing a team function, according to a source.

— Joseph Goodman (@JoeGoodmanJr) August 27, 2019

">Jeff Goodman of Alabama Media Group.

Harris and Robinson serve as the team's top-two backs. The Tide will have to turn their third and fourth string running back in the first half against Duke.

Both Harris and Robinson are juniors while the remaining backs all present inexperience. The options include: sophomore Chadarius Townsend, redshirt freshman Jerome Ford and freshman Keilan Robinson.

In that young group of backs, only Ford has carried the ball for the Tide in the past, rushing seven times for 37 yards in 2018. Expect all three players to see playing time in the first half versus Duke.

Harris is expected to have a breakout season in 2019, but will have to wait 30 minutes on Saturday. He rushed 783 yards on 117 carries for four touchdowns in 2018.

It is unclear which team function the two suspended running backs missed. But the suspension falls in line with Saban's coaching style.

Alabama and Duke will kickoff this Saturday at 3:30 PM EDT.