The three LSU football players who were suspended for last week’s game against Auburn will be reinstated Tuesday, according to a report posted at CBSSports.com on Monday night.
Cornerbacks Tyrann Mathieu and Tharold Simon and running back Spencer Ware were suspended for violation of an unspecified team rule. The suspensions surfaced in media reports Wednesday, but LSU did not confirm them until shortly before the kickoff of the top-ranked Tigers’ 45-10 victory.
LSU officials declined comment on the report, which was not attributed, Monday night.
The Advocate reported last week the players could return in time for the Tigers’ Nov. 5 showdown against No. 2 Alabama if they first met a series of stipulations for their reinstatement to the team.
Several media outlets have reported the players tested positive for banned substances, or more specifically, tested positive a second time, triggering their suspensions.
The suspensions would be in line with LSU’s written substance abuse policy, which on a second offense calls for an automatic suspension “from up to 15 percent of countable contests and/or suspension up to 30 days or combination thereof.”
When asked about the length of the suspensions after the game Saturday, LSU coach Les Miles said, “I’ve got to be real honest with you. I probably know the answer to that, but I don’t want to talk about them. … We’ll talk about those other three guys here pretty quick.”
Miles did not meet with reporters as he usually does on Mondays during the season because the Tigers have an open date this week. He’s scheduled to speak with reporters after practice Tuesday.
Several players contributed while filling in for the suspended players, most notably senior cornerback Ron Brooks, who started in Mathieu’s place and returned an interception 28 yards for a third-quarter touchdown, and freshman running back Kenny Hilliard, who saw his most extensive playing time in Ware’s absence and rushed for 65 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries.