Callahan: Incognito suspended indefinitely

2004-09-02T00:00:00Z Callahan: Incognito suspended indefinitelyBY BRIAN ROSENTHAL / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com
September 02, 2004 12:00 am  • 

Junior center Richie Incognito has been suspended indefinitely from the Nebraska football team, coach Bill Callahan announced today.

Callahan declined to give a specific reason for the suspension, saying only that Incognito had repeatedly violated team policies.

"We have team rules," Callahan said. "They're very simple to follow. If they're not followed, and they're not complied too, then (you) suffer the consequences, unfortunately."

When asked if it's possible Incognito will return to the team, Callahan replied:

"I don't know.

"We're going to look at that very hard. We still haven't decided on the parameters of his return, and we're going to look at that and examine it very closely."

Callahan said Tuesday four players would miss Saturday's season opener against Western Illinois because of suspension but wouldn't name them. Incognito, though, wasn't listed on the preseason depth chart. A two-year starter, he's a preseason All-America, Rimington Award and Outland Trophy candidate.

"I'm really disappointed," Callahan said. "He's a very good player. But like I've told the team, no one's bigger than the team."

Kurt Mann will start Saturday night at center. His backup is Gary Pike. Neither player has extensive playing experience, but both have seen extensive snaps during fall practice. Incognito has missed practice time because of health problems and personal issues.

"This group has done a great job," Callahan said. "They've competed throughout the duration of training camp without Richie. They've gotten a lot of reps, they've maximized their time on the field and in the meeting room.

"It's unfortunate, but our team is moving onward and forward and getting ready for Western Illinois."

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