Minnesota safety Kyle Theret and offensive lineman Dom Alford have been suspended for the season-opener against Middle Tennessee State for an unspecified violation of team rules.

Coach Tim Brewster announced the suspensions on Tuesday.

It's a particular blow to the young defense, which has a lot of new faces in the starting lineup. Theret is a senior and one of the more experienced players in the Gophers secondary.

Brewster declined to say how long the suspensions will last.

The coach also says it is unknown if fullback Jon Hoese will make the trip. Hoese's father is in the hospital after suffering a stroke. Brewster says the team will support Hoese in whatever decision he makes.