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Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has knee scope

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama starting safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix had an operation on his knee following the team's regular-season finale at Auburn but should be ready to practice again within the next two weeks, according to coach Nick Saban.

"Ha Ha will be fine," Saban said during a teleconference Sunday previewing the third-ranked Crimson Tide's matchup with No. 11 Oklahoma in the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Jan. 2. "I think that he had a scope, which probably in two weeks he'll be ready to practice and go again.

"We're not going to rush him back, but I certainly think he's going to be OK [to play]."

Alabama hasn't announced when it will start preparations for the Sooners, but it should be at least another week before the team practices again. Clinton-Dix, meanwhile, has more than three weeks until the bowl game.

Clinton-Dix, a junior, is ranked among the top 20 of Scouts Inc.'s Top 32 draft prospects for 2014. He finished the regular season fourth on the team with 46 tackles to go along with two interceptions and six passes defended.

"Any time you play Alabama, they're very well prepared, they're very well coached and they have excellent players. All 85 of those guys can play," Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said during the bowl teleconference. "We know the challenges that will exist once we line up on Jan. 2. They're going to be prepared to play, I know that. I've never seen a Nick Saban team not be prepared to play and play at a very high level."