Mississippi State suspended five players, including starting DT Fletcher Cox, for Thursday night's game at Memphis for violating team rules, the school announced.
The other suspended players were freshman LT Blaine Clausell, who was listed as a co-starter at left tackle, Dylan Favre, Chris Hughes and Malcolm Johnson.
Favre was listed as the Bulldogs' back-up quarterback. Hughes, a sophomore linebacker, and Johnson, a freshman wide receiver, are not listed on MSU's two-deep.
All five players are expected to return for the Bulldogs' next game, Sept. 10 at Auburn, a MSU spokesperson said.