Vols DT Danny O'Brien suspended for violation of team rules
By Dustin Dopirak, Knoxville News Sentinel
Tennessee defensive lineman Danny O'Brien. Michael Patrick/News Sentinel
KNOXVILLE (News Sentinel) -
Tennessee redshirt junior defensive tackle Danny O’Brien has been suspended for an unspecified violation of team rules, coach Butch Jones said at his press conference on Wednesday. He will be held out of the No. 23 Vols’ game against No. 19 Oklahoma (1-0) at Neyland Stadium on Saturday (TV: ESPN, 6 p.m.), and Jones suggested the suspension could be longer and based on an extended process.
“I’m not going to speculate,” Jones said. “It’s ongoing and we’ll see. We’re gonna support Dan as well through this whole deal. But there’s just no timetable. I don’t want to sit here and tell ya it’s one game and I don’t want to sit here and tell ya it’s six games. It’s gonna be the ebb and flow and it could be ever-changing.”
O’Brien will be the second upperclassman to miss a game under suspension this season. Senior wide receiver Alton “Pig” Howard was suspended for Saturday’s 59-30 win over Bowling Green for a violation of team rules, but will return this week.
Jones said he was “disappointed” in having to make both of those suspensions.