Alabama has reportedly suspended star safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix indefinitely, according to the Associated Press. Clinton-Dix is one of Alabama’s top defensive players, as well as one of the top defenders in the country. Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports both have him projected in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
When asked about the suspension, Alabama head coach Nick Saban declined comment.
“I want to be consistent,” he said. “When guys get suspended, I never, ever say what it’s for. So I’m not going there. So don’t ask me. It’s the way it always happens. Every guy. 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. “
Clinton-Dix’s backup, Nick Perry, is out for the season following shoulder surgery. Sophomores Geno Smith and Landon Collins are working to fill the void.
Alabama faces Georgia State and Kentucky in its next two games. It will be interesting to see if Clinton-Dix is reinstated by October 19, when Alabama begins the meat of its SEC schedule.