Saban: WR Kenny Bell given 'personal day,' expected to return

Alabama wide receiver Kenny Bell says he's hanging up his cleats to focus on his family. (USATSI)
Alabama wide receiver Kenny Bell says he's hanging up his cleats to focus on his family. (USATSI)

Alabama wide receiver Kenny Bell caught fans off-guard Tuesday with an announcement that he was stepping away from football to focus on his family.

Nick Saban clarified the situation Tuesday evening, however, explaining that Bell was given a "personal day" and is expected to return on Wednesday.

Bell confirmed as much with a tweet early Tuesday evening:

An Alabama source told CBSSports.com's Jeremy Fowler that Bell notified the team of his intentions to quit. Per the source, Bell's decision to quit might have been tied to playing time.

The senior wide receiver played 12 games in 2012, starting three. He did not record a catch in the Crimson Tide's season opening win against Virginia Tech.

Bell was a four-star wide receiver out of Rayville, La., but has yet to break through as a permanent starter in the Tide's offense. He concluded his initial Twitter announcement by wishing the best to his teammates and seemed happy with his decision.

"I've been through so much I finally can say I'm happy," Bell wrote. "I know I'm going to lose so many friends and followers and get more negative talk from people but truth is I Dnt [sic] care."

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Chip Patterson has spent his young career covering college sports from the Old North State. He's been writing and talking about football and basketball for CBS Sports since 2010. You may have heard him... Full Bio

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