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Alabama hit with the injury bug right before the season tips off

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ORLANDO, FL - NOVEMBER 29: Head coach Avery Johnson of the Alabama Crimson Tide during the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at HP Field House on November 29, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

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Alabama is going to have a depleted roster when the Crimson Tide open the regular season against Memphis on Friday.

Five-star freshman guard Collin Sexton is already awaiting clearance from the NCAA and sophomore forward Braxton Key will also miss time recovering from a torn meniscus.

Now Alabama also has to contend with a few more starters who are battling injury. Head coach Avery Johnson told Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports that the Crimson Tide will also be without senior wing Riley Norris and junior guard Ar’Mond Davis against the Tigers on Friday.

The 6-foot-7 Norris is dealing with a hip injury which will likely keep him out until next week. Davis is “out indefinitely” with a bruised knee.

Without four potential starters, Alabama is going to have to rely on some uncertain pieces to step up in order to beat Memphis on Friday. Thankfully for the Crimson Tide, the schedule doesn’t feature another tough opponent until a Nov. 21 clash with UT-Arlington, one of the strongest mid-major teams in the country this season.