Alabama's Steele Out 4-6 Weeks with Sports Hernia

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama guard Andrew Steele will be sidelined 4-6 weeks after having surgery to repair a sports hernia.

Crimson Tide coach Anthony Grant said the senior had surgery Thursday in Philadelphia. It was performed by Dr. William Meyers of Vincera Core Physicians.

Steele is the only senior on Alabama's team, which also has lost center Carl Engstrom to a season-ending knee injury.

Steele's absence leaves Grant with only eight scholarship players. He has averaged 4.2 points and 3.2 rebounds in 19 minutes a game.

Steele hasn't played since the Charleston Southern game on Nov. 23.

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