Tide's Malone, Sentimore suspended

Alabama's Nick Saban has suspended a pair of players at positions where the Crimson Tide needs help next season.

Redshirt freshman receiver Keiwone Malone and sophomore defensive end Darrington Sentimore have been indefinitely suspended for an unspecified violation of team rules. Also, Saban announced that senior defensive back Robby Green would not return this fall after missing the entire 2010 season because of an NCAA-mandated suspension.

Green's dismissal is not a surprise. He was all but done after Saban suspended him this past spring. Sentimore was competing for a starting job at one of the end spots on defense and had shown some signs of being an effective pass-rusher in the spring. Malone was one of two redshirt freshmen (DeAndrew White being the other) that the Crimson Tide were hoping could help fill the void at receiver with the early departure of Julio Jones to the NFL.

Green is the sixth player to leave the football program since the end of the 2010 season, joining running back Corey Grant, running back Demetrius Goode, defensive end Glenn Harbin, cornerback B.J. Scott and linebacker Petey Smith. In addition, defensive lineman Kerry Murphy is expected to go on medical scholarship because of recurring knee problems, which would end his playing career at Alabama.