Alabama defensive back Eddie Jackson has a torn ACL and will miss the rest of spring practice, as first reported by

Jackson was injured this week during a non-contact drill; he jumped for a ball and came down funny, according to Nick Saban. Jackson started four games last year, making 19 tackles and one INT. He was a big piece to the Alabama secondary, a position that has to improve in 2014.

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“Eddie was having a great spring and [was] probably our best corner, most consistent,” Saban said Saturday.

Without Jackson, early enrollee Tony Brown and incoming freshman Marlon Humphrey will play big roles. Returners Cyrus Jones and Bradley Sylve will also be factors, as well as Maurice Smith and Jonathan Cook.

Jackson’s injury is the first significant one suffered this spring from any SEC team that will have reverberations during the season.

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