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Saban: Former Ridgeland star Bowman still suspended

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP/WRCB) - Former Ridgeland star Michael Bowman remains indefinitely suspended by Alabama head coach Nick Saban as the Crimson Tide prepares to open spring football practice this week.

Saban said Tuesday fellow receivers Ronald Carswell and Duron Carter also remain suspended, but did not elaborate on the reasons for the punishment or when the players might be allowed to rejoin the team.

The trio was suspended at the end of the 2011 regular season and was not allowed to practice with the team leading up to the BCS National Championship Game against LSU.

Bowman, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound rising junior, did not play in 2011 outside of a few snaps in the season-opener against Kent State. He played in four games as a freshman in 2009, catching one pass for seven yards against North Texas, before redshirting the 2010 season while briefly switching to tight end.

Saban also said Eddie Lacy, the team's leading returning rusher, and offensive lineman Arie Kouandjio will miss spring camp while recovering from surgeries. Lacy had a procedure for the turf toe that plagued him much of last season, while Kouandjio underwent knee surgery.

Alabama will open spring practice on Friday before the defending national champions leave for spring break.

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