Alabama notebook: Tomlinson, Cooper's non-revenge and AJ is asked about Johnny Football
by Marq Burnett
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TUSCALOOSA — Defensive end Dalvin Tomlinson will miss the remainder of the season after having knee surgery.

Alabama coach Nick Saban said during his Monday news conference that Tomlinson, a key backup, had successful surgery Friday.

“I don’t think he’s going to be coming back anytime soon,” Saban said. “He’ll be at least four or five months in rehab.”

Tomlinson, a redshirt freshman, had four tackles in the Crimson Tide’s season opener against Virginia Tech. He was expected to help improve the Tide’s pass rush.

“He was doing a fantastic job for us,” Saban said. “Played well in the first game rotating in. We hate to ever see any player get injured. Dalvin has done everything the right way since he’s been here. It’s just something that’s unfortunate that happens in any sport really.”

Freshman Jonathan Allen was seen working in Tomlinson’s spot behind starter Jeoffrey Pagan during the media viewing Monday’s practice.

REVENGE NOT A FACTOR: If there is any desire to avenge the sole loss from 2012, Alabama’s players aren’t saying there is.

Tide sophomore wide receiver Amari Cooper noted there is extra motivation Saturday against Texas A&M because the Aggies beat Alabama last season, but Cooper said he isn’t buying into the revenge hype.

“To me, it’s not a revenge thing because if we wanted to get revenge, we’d have to play that same team last year with the same team we had last year, so it’s really not a revenge thing,” Cooper said. “If you lose a fight with someone, you don’t get revenge from fighting someone else. I think it’s just a new team this year. We’re a new team. It’s no revenge. Just going out there and playing Texas A&M.”

McCARRON, MANZIEL FRIENDSHIP: Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel are friends off the field, but McCarron says he won’t communicate with Manziel this week.

In fact, McCarron said he hasn’t spoken with the reigning Heisman Trophy winner since “around Media Days, I think.”

“We’re just friends, guys,” McCarron said. “Y’all (reporters) make this thing a lot bigger than it needs to be.”

Manziel has been the focus of plenty of reports for his off-season antics.

“Just be myself. I’ve never been one to be in the spotlight,” McCarron said. “Everybody lives their lifestyle different. People criticize (Manziel) for being himself. Everybody’s got their opinion on something. That’s what y’all get paid for ... opinions.”

Did McCarron reach out to Manziel while he was being scrutinized?

“That’s between me and him,” McCarron said. “I think that’s the best thing for that.”
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