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Source: 4 Missouri players suspended for breaking curfew, not fight

Four of the five Missouri men's basketball players suspended Tuesday were punished for breaking curfew, not for allegedly participating in a fight at a Columbia nightclub that left teammate Stefhon Hannah with a broken jaw, according to a high-level source at Missouri.

The four players -- senior guard Jason Horton; senior forwards Marshall Brown and Darryl Butterfield; and junior forward Leo Lyons -- missed the Tigers' Big 12 game against Nebraska.

Hannah was also suspended after the early Sunday morning attack. He had surgery on the jaw, and has gone back to his home in Chicago to recover. The expected length of recovery -- at least four to six weeks -- means the senior isn't expected to play again for the Tigers.

The source also said that barring any unforeseen missteps Thursday and Friday, the four players will be cleared to play Saturday against visiting Kansas State.

The Tigers lost to Nebraska at home Wednesday night, 66-62, without the five players. It was the Cornhuskers' first conference victory of the season. The source said that coach Mike Anderson made the decision to suspend the players on his own, then told athletic director Mike Alden, who backed Anderson after the players had broken curfew.

Anderson ended up choosing principle over prosperity, as the loss to Nebraska dropped the Tigers to 2-4 in the Big 12, 12-9 overall.
The Tigers had only seven players for the Nebraska game.

The players broke Anderson's curfew, as well as a ban on visiting certain bars or clubs. According to one player, the team has an 11 p.m. weeknight curfew and a midnight curfew on weekends.

Andy Katz is a senior college basketball writer for ESPN.com. Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.