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Notre Dame running back Cierre Wood, left, was suspended for two games Sunday because of violation of team rules. Defensive end Justin Utupo, not pictured, was also suspended for two games.

Wood, Utupo suspended for Irish's 1st two games

Notre Dame will be without two more players for its season opener.

Running back Cierre Wood and defensive end Justin Utupo were suspended for the first two games of the season for violating team rules, coach Brian Kelly announced Sunday.

Wood and Utupo will not travel with the Irish toDublin,Ireland, for Notre Dame’s game against Navy on Saturday.

They will also miss the Irish’s first home game of the season against Purdue on Sept. 8.

“Our players are aware of the standards I set for our program and that failure to meet my expectations will result in consequences,” Kelly said. “Justin and Cierre violated our team rules so I’ve suspended them for the first two games of the season.”

Wood led Notre Dame in rushing last year, running for 1,102 yards. He scored nine rushing touchdowns and averaged 5.1 yards per carry.

Wood started nine of 13 games last season.

Utupo played primarily on special teams last season, playing in 12 games.

Kelly had already suspended quarterback Tommy Rees, who started 12 games last year, and linebacker Carlo Calabrese for the season opener because of they two players arrest in May.

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