- Associated Press - Friday, August 8, 2014

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) - Northwestern has suspended running back Venric Mark for the first two games for violating a team policy.

The school said Friday that Mark will miss home games against California on Aug. 30 and Northern Illinois on Sept. 6.

Mark was granted a medical hardship waiver by the Big Ten and allowed to return for a fifth year after missing most of last season with a broken ankle. He was limited to three games in 2013 after rushing for 1,366 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior. He ranks fourth all-time at Northwestern with 4,271 all-purpose yards.

In a statement, Mark says he “made a mistake” and “let my teammates down.”

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