Christopher Smith

Alabama Suspends S Clinton-Dix

Created on Oct. 02, 2013 8:00 PM EST

Alabama suspended safety HaHa Clinton-Dix indefinitely for an undisclosed violation of team rules, the team announced Wednesday.

Clinton-Dix, the top safety prospect and a first-round projection by many draft analysts, including ESPN's Mel Kiper, has 24 tackles and two pass deflections this season. He led the Tide with five interceptions as a sophomore in 2012, including one in the SEC and BCS championship games.

"I'm going to be consistent. When guys get suspended, I never say what it's for. All right?" a consistently surly Saban said. "So, I'm not going there, so don't ask me.

"If they do right, they wouldn't be getting suspended. I don't know for how long this will be, so don't ask me that either. That's the only new news we have right now."

Clinton-Dix attended Wednesday's practice according to's Andrew Gribble. The former five-star recruit, now a true junior, likely is the most well-known member of the defense along with linebacker C.J. Mosley. Both made several preseason first-team All-America lists.

Backup Nick Perry, a senior, recently underwent season-ending shoulder surgery. Sophomore Landon Collins, inexperienced at the position, is a five-star recruit who has made plays on special teams. Collins and Geno Smith, suspended for the season opener after a DUI arrest, likely will fill in for Clinton-Dix.

Two other Alabama players have served a public suspension this year.

The loss comes at a good time for the Tide with Georgia State on the schedule this week. Kentucky, Arkansas and Tennessee are next, should the suspension last that long.

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