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Arrested Auburn S Stephen Roberts suspended for opener vs. Clemson

Facing the best quarterback in the country, Auburn will need all hands on deck in the secondary for the opener. Unfortunately for the SEC Tigers, that won’t be the case.

Late last week, Stephen Roberts was arrested following a traffic stop and charged with attempting to elude a police officer and possession of a firearm without a permit. Tuesday, head coach Gus Malzahn confirmed that the defensive back will be suspended for Saturday’s season opener against No. 2 Clemson.

It’s uncertain if Roberts will return for the following Saturday’s game against Arkansas State as Malzahn labeled the suspension “week-to-week.”

Roberts played in 13 games last season, starting the final four games of the year. He was expected to start at one of the safety positions for the Tigers this season.

Both of the charges Roberts is facing are misdemeanors. His first court appearance is currently scheduled for Nov. 17.