Richardson reportedly suspended for Syracuse game

Multiple outlets are reporting tonight that Missouri senior defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson has been suspended for the team’s home finale Saturday against Syracuse. Team spokesman Chad Moller declined to confirm the speculation, however.

At 7:20 p.m., KOMU’s Ashley Zavala tweeted, “Source close to the Mizzou football team says DT Sheldon Richardson is suspended vs. Cuse for not going to class/ failing to do punishment.”

Shortly after, Power Mizzou’s Gabe DeArmond and the Columbia Tribune’s Dave Matter each tweeted similar reports, attributing the information to undisclosed sources.

After receiving an email from the Columbia Missourian asking for an official comment regarding the possible suspension, Moller responded, “I appreciate you asking but I don’t have anything for you.”

If Richardson indeed does not play Saturday, he will miss his final opportunity to play on Faurot Field. Richardson, seen by many as Missouri’s best defensive player, has a team-leading 70 tackles, four sacks and three forced fumbles thus far this season.

Redshirt senior Jimmy Burge, who has amassed 11 tackles and a sack in limited playing time, will likely start in Richardson’s place.

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