The newest "drama" follows last week's getting-him-eligible Jeremiah Masoli ordeal, Kentrell Lockett's hoping-he's-healthy issue and the unexplainable loss in the opener to Jacksonville State.
"I don't guess we can do without some drama right now," Coach Houston Nutt said shaking his head.
"Today, we dismissed Rishaw Johnson from the team and suspended Brandon Sanders indefinitely. It looks like both will be permanent, but we want to investigate things further before saying that."
Nutt said the Rebels are also investigating all options for replacements.
"Right now, Josh Tatum will take the first snap against Tulane at right guard. Michael Brown, Jared Duke, Patrick Junen and Emmanuel McCray are options down the road," said Nutt. "It's a little late - we think - to do anything else for this week, but those are some options for the following weeks.
"We are also juggling the thought of moving A.J. Hawkins to right guard and moving Evan Swindall up, but that is probably after this weekend as well. Duke is back from his concussion, so we are excited to get him going again."
Sanders was backing up Allen Walker at SLB, but since the return of freshman Mike Marry, Brandon had been relegated to some special teams duty.
"We're not sure who will replace Brandon yet on special teams, but Mike is a possibility. We'll look at that tonight," said Nutt.
Besides that, Nutt indicated it's been a good week of practice for his squad.
"We've had a real good week. The guys have been tuned in and focused. Now we just have to take it to the game field," he stated.
OL Coach Mike Markuson was upbeat in the face of his latest challenge, that being replacing a starter this close to the first game.
"There are a lot of opportunities for a lot of young players. This week, we will give Tatum an opportunity to go with it. We could use Hawkins at a guard, Junen, McCray, Gill, Brown - we have a lot of options with good kids who will work hard to step up their games. I look forward to getting those guys ready.
"I don't see it being a big problem."
* Safety Fon Ingram continued on his road to recovery with another good workout today - his third this week without an issue on his recently repaired knee.
* Backup Wide Receiver Jared Mitchell suffered a minor knee injury yesterday, but expects to be back soon without any surgery.
* DE Kentrell Lockett said his first day back at practice on Wednesday was "very tiring," but he had no issues with his heart. He hopes to play a lot of snaps against Tulane and will definitely start and play as long as he can, he mentioned.
* TB Jeff Scott is still limping a bit on his bum foot, but he too is expected to play against Tulane in some capacity.