Offensive guard suspended indefinitely

Updated: November 24, 2004, 11:18 AM ET
Associated Press

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- An Oregon State football player has been indefinitely suspended from the team, but police and school officials would not confirm reports he was involved in an altercation at a popular hangout.

Offensive guard Brent Bridges is the fifth player to be suspended by the team in the past month for "violations of team policy."

Four other players were involved in a separate alleged assault on an Oregon National Guardsman on leave from Iraq outside the Headline Cafe on Nov. 12. One of those players, 20-year-old defensive end Joe Rudulph, faces misdemeanor charges in that case.

Beavers athletic director Bob De Carolis would not comment on any connection between Bridges and three reported incidents at the same nightspot early Sunday morning, after the Beavers beat the rival Ducks in the annual Civil War game.

Lt. Ron Noble of the Corvallis Police Department, confirmed that police are investigating three weekend incidents at the Headline Cafe, including a man who was hospitalized after possibly falling or being pushed down a stairway, a second man who was assaulted and a woman who says she was harassed.

Bridges, a senior, played in every game this season, but did not start.

Beavers starting receiver Anthony Wheat-Brown also was suspended in connection with the Nov. 12 incident, as were reserves Whitfield Usher and Ryan Rainwater.

"It's unfortunate that these two incidents, while completely separate, happened within the space of seven days," DeCarolis told The Oregonian newspaper.

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