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Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Updated: September 2, 1:04 PM ET
Deaderick not expected for opener

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama defensive end Brandon Deaderick was released from the hospital Tuesday after being shot in the arm during a robbery attempt at an off-campus apartment.

During a conference call Wednesday, Alabama coach Nick Saban said Deaderick won't play in Saturday night's season-opener against Virginia Tech.

Diane Carroll, a nursing supervisor at DCH Regional Medical Center said the 6-foot-4, 306-pound senior from Elizabethtown, Ky., was released sometime during the day Tuesday.

Capt. Greg Kosloff, a spokesman for the Tuscaloosa Police Department, said the player was in an apartment parking lot with a female acquaintance about 10 p.m. Monday when he was approached by a lone man wearing dark clothes, a dark ball cap and a blue bandanna over his face.

Police Chief Steve Anderson told the Tuscaloosa News the gunman told Deaderick to "Give it up." When Deaderick refused, the assailant opened fire and ran away.

"It was a robbery attempt," said Kosloff. "There's been no arrests and no suspect identified."

The apartment complex is several miles from the University of Alabama campus.

In a statement after the incident, Saban said it was fortunate the player's condition wasn't worse.

"Our concern at this time is for Brandon's continued recovery as our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family, not about when he will return to football," Saban said.

Deaderick started all 14 games last season as a junior. He made 36 tackles last season and was second on the team with four sacks.