Two members of the Rutgers football program have been suspended by head coach Greg Schiano.
According to a report from NJ.com, starting cornerback Max Melton and backup Chris Long were suspended following their arrests early Tuesday morning following an incident allegedly involving a paintball gun.
The two defensive backs were charged with aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose.
“I was informed that Chris Long and Malachi Melton were taken into police custody early this morning as a result of an incident involving a paintball gun,” Schiano said in a statement. “Both players have been suspended immediately.”
Melton leads the team in pass deflections (4) and interceptions (2).
If both players are unable to go this weekend, it would be a huge loss for the Scarlet Knights defensive backfield as it prepares to take on No. 19 Michigan on Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor.
Kickoff between the undefeated Scarlet Knights and Wolverines at The Big House is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.