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Alabama reserve Tony Brown sent home for violation of team rules

DALLAS -- Alabama Crimson Tide reserve cornerback Tony Brown has been sent home for "violation of team rules," according to a statement put out on Wednesday by coach Nick Saban.

In the statement, Saban said it was a "internal decision."

The Crimson Tide's leadership council was involved in the disciplinary decision to send him home, a source told ESPN.

No. 2 Alabama faces No. 3 Michigan State in a College Football Playoff semifinal on Thursday.

Brown, a sophomore and former five-star prospect, appeared in all 13 games this season. A backup defensive back and special teams contributor, the native of Texas had 16 total tackles and two passes defended.