UNC: Stewart, Hughes to miss game due to suspension

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina cornerbacks M.J. Stewart and Mike Hughes have been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules, sidelining them for Saturday’s game against Wake Forest.

In a release Thursday night, the school said Stewart and Hughes were suspended from team-related activities tied to an Oct. 4 incident in Chapel Hill. The release didn’t specify exactly what rule they had broken, though a statement from coach Larry Fedora referenced an ”altercation” and that UNC has worked with Chapel Hill police to gather information.

”We hold our players to a high standard,” Fedora said, ”and M.J. and Mike will face the consequences for their involvement.”

A check of court and police records found no reports or pending cases tied to either player.

Stewart, a sophomore, has started all five games for the Tar Heels (4-1) and is fifth on the team with 20 tackles. It is the second suspension that will sideline him for a game; he was among four players to miss last year’s opener related to an altercation with a walk-on during training camp.

Hughes, a freshman, has played in every game as a reserve and has three tackles.