Bama loses two players for season

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - No. 3 Alabama says two of its players will be sidelined for the remainder of the season.

Linebacker Dont'a Hightower and forward Demetrius Jemison will not return to the field.

Coach Nick Saban said Monday that the surgery to repair a damaged ligament in Hightower's left knee will require 3-4 months of recovery time. Saban said Tide players can't waste time worrying about the loss of Hightower. He said they have to respond to the new situation and rise to the challenge.

Jemison is suffering from a ruptured Achilles tendon. The injury was confirmed by an MRI on Sunday. It will require surgery to repair.

Jemison, a senior, sustained the injury on his left leg during a team workout on Saturday. He's set to undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair the damaged tendon. He averaged 3.1 points and 3.1 rebounds in 28 games last season.

The Tide did get timely news on the status of another linebacker. Sophomore Jerrell Harris will return from an NCAA suspension for the Oct. 17 game with South Carolina. Harris was battling for a starting job in fall camp and was a backup at two spots.

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