Report: Alabama's T.J. Yeldon suspended for a quarter over throat-slash gesture

Friday September 20th, 2013

T.J. Yeldon Alabama's T.J. Yeldon (4) was reportedly suspended one quarter for a throat-slash gesture. (David J. Phillip/AP)

Who would have thought Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon's throat-slash gesture in the end zone last week at Texas A&M would cause such a ruckus? Marq Burnett of The Anniston Star is reporting through a source "close to the situation" that Yeldon will be suspended for a quarter against Colorado State on Saturday after his unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the 49-42 win over the Aggies.

Burnett added that an "athletics department spokesman declined to confirm or deny any disciplinary action against Yeldon."

While this may seem like a big deal on the surface, 'Bama is trying to figure out its running back pecking order behind Yeldon, as the AP's Ralph Russo points out.

Had the Crimson Tide's next opponent been Ole Miss or LSU, it seems more likely that Yeldon would have received a stern talking to (which we'd assume he already has, anyway) but no suspension. Yeldon is Alabama's leading rusher with 224 yards (5.3 yards per carry) through the team's first two games.

Assuming this is the standard penalty for celebratory throat-slash gestures, let's consider it a good thing that the Thunder's Kevin Durant never suited up for 'Bama:

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.