Bo Pelini dismisses two from Nebraska team after incident

Bo Pelini dismissed two Nebraska defenders for their involvement in an alleged incident over the weekend. (USATSI)
Bo Pelini dismissed two freshmen after an alleged altercation with another teammate. (USATSI)

An alleged incident between teammates has led to the end of two Nebraska careers before a single collegiate snap was recorded.

Freshman defensive end Ernest Suttles and redshirt freshman linebacker Thomas Brown have been dismissed from the Nebraska program and will not be eligible to return, Cornhuskers head coach Bo Pelini announced Thursday.

Pelini did not state an official reason for dismissal, but both players were allegedly involved in an incident last Friday that resulted in Nebraska linebacker David Santos being struck in the head with a bottle.

Jeff Mason, moderator for 247 Sports' Nebraska site, Huskers Illustrated, reported that Santos tried to step in when Suttles and Brown started a fight during a party. Santos, trying to break up the fight, was then struck in head by Suttles with a bottle.

Suttles was ticketed for misdemeanor assault in the incident, but Lincoln Police Capt. Danny Reitan told the Associated Press there was no record of Brown being connected to the incident.

The official release from the school only stated that administration was "aware of an incident" and would "continue to review" the details. For now, the immediate dismissal of Suttles and Brown is the only disciplinary action.

Suttles, from Tampa, Fla., was a three-star member of the Huskers' 2013 recruiting class, choosing Nebraska over Tennessee, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and West Virginia. In February, Pelini believed that the true freshman could find a role on the defense in 2013.

Brown, from Gardena, Calif., redshirted the 2012 season and was expected to compete for playing time at the "Buck" linebacker position.

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