Rutgers football players suspended after criminal charges

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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Five Rutgers football players have been suspended after one was charged in two home invasions and four others were charged with assaulting a group of people in New Brunswick in April.

The charges Thursday are the latest blow to a program whose head coach is embroiled in an academic investigation.

Prosecutors say 22-year-old defensive back Ruhann Peele, 20-year-old defensive back Nadir Barnwell, 20-year-old fullback Razohnn Gross and 22-year-old defensive back Delon Stephenson were charged with aggravated assault, riot and conspiracy to commit a riot for a fight that left a man with a broken jaw.

They say 20-year-old defensive back Andre Boggs was charged in two home-invasion robberies in April and May.

It wasn't immediately clear if any of the men had attorneys who could comment.

Coach Kyle Flood is being investigated about whether he violated school or NCAA rules by contacting a faculty member about the academic status of a player.

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