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UNC suspends cornerback Malik Simmons after 2 arrests

North Carolina senior cornerback Malik Simmons (11) has started 15 games the past two seasons and was expected to enter preseason practice as a leading candidate to earn one of the starting cornerback positions.
North Carolina senior cornerback Malik Simmons (11) has started 15 games the past two seasons and was expected to enter preseason practice as a leading candidate to earn one of the starting cornerback positions. rwillett@newsobserver.com

North Carolina has indefinitely suspended senior cornerback Malik Simmons for violating team rules amid two pending misdemeanor charges he faces.

Simmons faces charges of possession of up to a half-ounce of marijuana and with resisting a public officer. He was arrested at 1:46 a.m. Wednesday morning on Franklin Street and charged with resisting arrest. He is due in Orange County court July 28 on that charge and then Aug. 3 – the same day the Tar Heels begin preseason practice – for the marijuana charge.

Simmons has started 15 games the past two seasons and was expected to enter preseason practice as a leading candidate to earn one of the starting cornerback positions.

He is listed atop the preseason depth chart in UNC’s media guide.

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