Irish RB George Atkinson benched

Updated: December 28, 2013, 11:04 AM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Notre Dame says running back George Atkinson III and reserve cornerback Jalen Brown will not play in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl because of a violation of team rules.

Coach Brian Kelly announced the suspensions in a statement three hours before kickoff against Rutgers on Saturday.

Atkinson is one of four tailbacks the Fighting Irish have used in a rotation this season.

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