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Alabama DB Tony Brown will not play against Michigan State

Cedric Mason- Touchdown Alabama Magazine

Alabama sophomore defensive back Tony Brown becomes the fourth mishap this week for the College Football Playoff. Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban sent him home Wednesday for a violation of team rules, per Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated.

Brown, a native of Beaumont, Texas, was a five-star prospect upon enrolling at Alabama in 2014. He has 16 tackles, a tackles for loss, two pass breakups and a forced fumble this season.

Brown has excelled on special teams and is listed as a backup in the Crimson Tide’s nickel and dime packages at “Star.” He becomes the fourth player sent home, joining three athletes from Clemson. This has not been the first time that Saban has been upset with Brown. The Alabama coach was displeased with Brown’s lack of effort in practice during the week of the LSU game.

Brown also drew discuss from Saban after committing multiple fouls against Florida in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game. He will not suit up in front of his home crowd Thursday night when Alabama faces Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama MagazineYou can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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