UNC: Stewart, Hughes to miss game due to suspension

UNC: Stewart, Hughes to miss game due to suspension

Published Oct. 15, 2015 8:52 p.m. ET

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.