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Alabama OG Anthony Steen to miss Sugar Bowl after shoulder surgery

Alabama QB AJ McCarron likely won't have Anthony Steen (right) to protect him in the Sugar Bowl.   (USATSI)
AJ McCarron likely won't have Anthony Steen (right) to protect him in the Sugar Bowl. (USATSI)

Alabama will likely be without its All-SEC guard for the Sugar Bowl against Oklahoma.

Senior Anthony Steen underwent shoulder surgery for a partially torn labrum after the regular season ended, according to a source.

Steen has started most of the last three seasons for Alabama and was honored by the Associated Press as an All-SEC second team offensive lineman.

It's uncertain when Steen suffered the injury or how much pain he played through, but getting the surgery done now instead of after the bowl game should give him a head start on NFL draft prep.

Kellen Williams has been pegged by local reports as Alabama's sixth man on the offensive line and could fill in for Steed. Redshirt freshman Alphonse Taylor was listed as Steen's backup at right guard on the pre-Auburn depth chart.

Jeremy Fowler is a national college football insider with CBSSports.com. Fowler joined CBS in 2012 after covering the Minnesota Vikings for the St. Paul Pioneer Press for two seasons and covering the Florida Gators for the Orlando Sentinel for two years. Fowler is also a contributor to the CBS Sports Network.
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