CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Freshman cornerback Mike Hughes has been reinstated after serving a one-game suspension, Larry Fedora announced on Wednesday.
Sophomore cornerback M.J. Stewart will sit out his second consecutive game against Virginia on Saturday before being reinstated.
“I reinstated Mike Hughes today and he will play against Virginia this week,” Fedora told reporters following practice. “M.J. Stewart will be reinstated on Sunday and he will play against Pitt the next week.”
Both players were suspended indefinitely from football team-related activities for a violation of team rules last Thursday evening. The suspensions arose from an altercation that occurred on Oct. 4 at the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity house at 303 E. Franklin St, according to police records.
Stewart is charged with a count of misdemeanor assault and battery and has a court date scheduled for Thursday. Hughes is charged with a count of misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury and has a court date scheduled for Nov. 19.
When asked about his reasoning in lifting the suspensions, Fedora replied: “Based on everything that I know at this time, it’s the appropriate action.”
The fourth-year UNC head coach acknowledged that how the court cases play out could “possibly” change the players’ status.
Hughes returned to practice on Wednesday. Stewart will return once his suspension has been lifted.
Hughes is the sixth UNC defensive back to be suspended since the start of the 2014 season. Stewart also served a one-game suspension for a violation of team rules last August.