Rebels suspend four, including Bolden

The season had already been disappointing enough for Ole Miss, and now this.

Coach Houston Nutt announced the suspension of four players on Thursday for Saturday's game against No. 2-ranked Alabama, including senior captain Brandon Bolden. Also suspended were senior offensive guard Alex Washington, junior center A.J. Hawkins and sophomore receiver Philander Moore.

Nutt said the players violated team rules and added that the suspensions had nothing to do with substance abuse or criminal activity.

In Bolden's case, the Rebels were hopeful that he was going to be closer to 100 percent with last week's open date. Bolden fractured his foot in the season opener, but ran for two touchdowns two weeks ago in the Fresno State win.

Hawkins had started all five games at center this season, but the coaches had already decided to start sophomore Evan Swindall at center against Alabama. Washington started in the Fresno State game at left guard, but sophomore Patrick Junen will move back into the starting lineup for this game. Junen started the first three games of the season, but was replaced as a starter following the loss to Vanderbilt.