Incognito had offseason legal problems

Updated: September 1, 2004, 7:34 PM ET
Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska center Richie Incognito was suspended indefinitely Wednesday for repeated violations of team policy.

Coach Bill Callahan announced the suspension after practice.

"I'm really disappointed because he's a really good player," Callahan said. "But no one is bigger than the team."

Callahan would not discuss the details of Incognito's violations.

Incognito has had several run-ins with the law, and last month he was fined $500 after being convicted of misdemeanor assault.

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound junior was a first-team All-Big 12 selection last year. A left tackle his first two years with Nebraska, Incognito moved to center last spring.

Kurt Mann, sophomore, will start at center in Saturday's opener against Western Illinois.

Callahan earlier said on Tuesday that three others won't play in the season opener. While vague in his explanation, Callahan said they violated "very simple" team rules.

Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press