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Washington TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins suspended indefinitely

By Chip Patterson | Staff Writer

Washington TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins is suspended indefinitely after a DUI arrest on Saturday. (USATSI)
Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins has been suspended indefinitely after a DUI arrest. (USATSI)

Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins has been suspended indefinitely as a result of his arrest on charges of driving under the influence Saturday night. Seferian-Jenkins was charged after suffering minor injuries in a one-car accident Saturday night in Seattle.

Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian announced the suspension Tuesday night after practice, explaining that Seferian-Jenkins is suspended from all team activities pending an investigation into the incident.

"We will make the decisions necessary based on our team rules and our school's policies that are fair to him and fair to us, and we will move forward and we will support him," Sarkisian said via the Seattle Times.

Sarkisian called the talented tight end a "good kid" and acknowledged that the team will miss him in spring practice. The suspension falls in line with the school's official student-athlete code of conduct. According to the Times, the investigation could take "at least several weeks."

Seferian-Jenkins emerged as one of the top tight ends in the nation last season, catching 69 passes for 852 yards and seven touchdowns. The 6-foot-6, 266-pound tight end is considered a possible preseason All-American and will likely be on the early watch lists for the Mackey Award.

While his status for spring practice might not be an issue for Washington, fans are hoping this suspension does not drag into the regular season. The Huskies open 2013 on Aug. 31 against Boise State.

Washington will rely on juniors Michael Hartvigson and Evan Hudson, along with sophomore Josh Perkins to fill the void at tight end until the matter is resolved.

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