Kraig Appleton, Two Other Wisconsin Badgers Suspended Indefinitely

Sam OlesonCorrespondent IFebruary 23, 2010

MADISON, WI - SEPTEMBER 26:  Head coach Bret Bielema of the Wisconsin Badgers talks with the referee against the Michigan State Spartans on September 26, 2009 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema recently announced the indefinite suspension of three current freshmen on the team, including wide receiver Kraig Appleton, after a violation of team rules.

Appleton, a highly recruited wideout from East St. Louis, IL, was the only one of the three players who saw playing time last season. He finished the season with three catches for 26 yards.

He was, however, expected to see more playing time next year, as there is uncertainty about who Wisconsin’s reserve wideouts will be. His suspension could hurt the Badger offense if he isn’t reinstated by the time the season begins.

The other two suspended players, Shelby Harris and Nick Hill, redshirted this year. Harris played defensive line in high school, while Hill played linebacker.

No announcement was made about what rules the three players broke, and no word was given about how long the suspensions may last.

These suspensions come only months after junior wide receiver Maurice Moore was suspended indefinitely after drinking and driving.

Spring practice begins March 13 for Wisconsin with the annual Red-White spring football game slated for April 27.