UA football player shot, Saban reacts

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WSFA) - University of Alabama defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick has been released from the hospital after some 18 hours after being shot.

Head football coach Nick Saban released a statement Tuesday afternoon reacting to news that one of his players had been shot. "We feel very fortunate that Brandon is doing well and that this is not a more serious situation," the Tide's coach said.

Deaderick was taken to DCH Hospital in Tuscaloosa around 10:00 Monday evening suffering from a gunshot wound to the forearm. He was released from the hospital around 4pm Tuesday.

Deaderick was shot during an armed robbery at a local apartment complex. No one has been arrested for the shooting.

There is also no word on how the injury will affect the man's ability to play in Saturday's game against Virginia Tech.

Saban said, "Our concern at this time is for Brandon's continued recovery as our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family, not about when he will return to football."

The University issued a statement saying, " This off-campus incident is a clear reminder that crime can, and does, happen anywhere and at any time.  One of our highest priorities at The University of Alabama is the safety and well-being of our students, on- and off-campus, and we invest significant resources to help students learn and practice the skills they need now and for a lifetime, wherever they live and work.

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