Motley breaks ankle; Washington to start for Tide

Updated: August 29, 2007, 1:51 PM ET
Associated Press

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.


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