Alabama wide receiver Xavier Williams will not play in 2021 because of “medical issues,” coach Nick Saban revealed Wednesday evening.

Williams, who was entering his fourth season with the Tide, was removed from the roster prior to fall camp.

“Without saying what, he’s medically not gonna play this year,” Saban said.

Williams was a four-star recruit from Florida in 2018 who did not see significant time on offense in his first three seasons with the Tide. His playing time did increase toward the end of last season, and he recorded a catch in each of the final three games against Florida, Notre Dame and Ohio State — the only three catches of his college career.

How much playing time he would have received in 2021 was uncertain after Alabama added Ohio State transfer Jameson Williams in the offseason, giving the Tide a speed threat to pair with John Metchie and Slade Bolden.

Also on Wednesday, Saban revealed that tight end Jahleel Billingsley’s brief absence from practice was related to COVID-19 protocols. Saban said Sunday that Billingsley was not practicing, although he returned Monday.

“He needs to work his way back up, sort of, the depth chart, because he missed a little bit of time,” Saban added.

Reporters did not have access to Wednesday’s practice because it was held indoors.

Mike Rodak is an Alabama beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @mikerodak.

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