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Motley breaks ankle; Washington to start for Tide

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama nose guard Brian Motley broke
his left ankle and will miss six to eight weeks.

Coach Nick Saban said Wednesday that Motley, a redshirt freshman
who won the job in spring practice, was hurt in Tuesday's practice.
Sophomore Lorenzo Washington will start at nose guard Saturday
night against Western Carolina and will be backed up by freshmen.

"We're obviously going to have to use some of our freshman
players," Saban said. "We'll see who the guys that we feel are
most ready to play right now. We really don't want to move someone
this late in the week that plays a different position."

Motley was moved from center to the defensive line before spring
practice. He recently returned to practice after undergoing surgery
on his right hand.