Purdue suspends Dwayne Beckford

Updated: August 29, 2012, 7:25 AM ET
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Purdue has suspended troubled linebacker Dwayne Beckford indefinitely after he was arrested earlier Monday.

Boilermakers coach Danny Hope has described Beckford's future with the team as "very questionable."

Hope said Tuesday that Beckford was arrested for what he described as a violation of the senior's "probationary status." Hope said the school will examine details of what happened and let the legal process take its course before making a final decision.

The 6-foot-1, 228-pound Beckford finished second on the team with 91 tackles in 2011. Beckford also had seven tackles for loss and three sacks. But he has struggled off the field.

The 22-year-old Beckford was arrested in December on a drunken-driving charge, his third brush with Tippecanoe County law enforcement in a year. He was suspended for Purdue's bowl game and for the second semester last year by both the school and the team.

The 22-year-old Beckford pleaded guilty in July to operating a vehicle while intoxicated and illegal consumption of alcoholic beverages, according to the Lafayette Journal and Courier.

The latest situation didn't sit well with Hope.

"My marching orders to him were to avoid any compromising situations or being around any compromising situations," Hope said.

Beckford's latest suspension leaves the team short-handed at the linebacker position with Will Lucas being the only other linebacker with significant experience.

Antwon Higgs, Joe Gilliam and converted quarterback Sean Robinson will play in Beckford's place in the opener Saturday against Eastern Kentucky.

"He's out of the lineup," Hope said of Beckford. "Those other guys will compete and play well, and we'll win without Dwayne Beckford as a linebacker on our football team."

Hope said he still wants Beckford to succeed in life.

"Our prayers are with Dwayne and hope that things work out for him, and I believe that they will and soon, and hope that soon he'll get his diploma and be paying taxes," Hope said.

At one point during the news conference, Hope was asked if the situation would be a distraction. Hope made it clear he would do his best to ensure it wouldn't be.

"I think we've got a pretty good handle on it because once I finish answering this question, I won't answer any more about Dwayne," he said. "We'll focus on the game and the other players on the football team. So I'm fixing to wrap up that phase of it pretty quick."

ESPN.com's Brian Bennett and The Associated Press contributed to this report.