Family Concerns May Force Tide to Shuffle Offensive Line

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - For the second straight week, family concerns could force a shuffling of the offensive line.

Left guard Justin Britt missed practice the last three days because his mother was in the hospital after an accident over the weekend.

Right guard Marlon Davis sat out the Houston game after missing two days of practice because of a death in the family.

In his absence, backup center Evan Cardwell started while Antoine Caldwell replaced Davis.

It's a combination Saban said the Tide could use again if needed. It could be needed this week.

Cardwell had extra motivation not to be caught unprepared if pressed into a starting role. He was a freshman when center JB Closner broke his leg late in the 2005 season, and with him out the Tide allowed 11 sacks against Auburn.

Cardwell said that taught him to always be prepared.

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