Legal issues have left the Ohio State football team without its top running back for an indefinite period, and its top defensive back could face similar sanctions.

Legal issues have left the Ohio State football team without its top running back for an indefinite period, and its top defensive back could face similar sanctions.

Coach Urban Meyer yesterday suspended running back Carlos Hyde, pending results of a police investigation into an alleged physical altercation with a woman. Meyer also left all-Big Ten cornerback Bradley Roby home from Big Ten media days this week and left open further action after Roby was arrested over the weekend in Bloomington, Ind.

"I have a clear set of core values in place that members of this football program are constantly reminded of and are expected to honor," Meyer said in a statement released by OSU. "There are also expectations with regard to behavior. I expect our players to conduct themselves responsibly and appropriately and they will be held accountable for their actions."

It is unclear to what degree Hyde breached the rules early Saturday morning at a bar on S. Front Street. The senior was listed as a person of interest but not charged as of late yesterday. The alleged victim said in the police report she did not know her assailant but that she could recognize him.If Hyde gains a reprieve, sources said yesterday, it might be in large part because of a video of the incident that allegedly shows him giving the woman a pat on the cheek after she had struck him. Sources say Meyer constantly tells his players to walk away if there is the slightest hint of an altercation with a female. Meyer immediately dismissed linebacker Storm Klein from the team last summer when he was accused of having a physical altercation with a former girlfriend in his apartment. But when Klein was cleared of the charges, he was reinstated to the team.

It remains to be seen whether that will be the case for Hyde, a fourth-year senior from Naples, Fla., who rushed for 970 yards last season.

The police report in regard to Roby had more detail. The junior was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery and spent the night in the Monroe (Ind.) County jail after an alleged altercation in Bloomington. He was there, sources said, to visit a friend on the Indiana football team. He was believed to be out with that player and others at the Dunnkirk Bar near downtown when the incident occurred. According to the Bloomington police report, Roby had "attempted to start a fight with another patron. He was removed from the bar by the bar staff."

The report said Roby attempted to re-enter the bar to contact his friends and "at that point he was stopped by security officers and told he could not re-enter. … Mr. Roby then struck one of the security guards in the chest, causing a complaint of pain."

At that point, he was taken to the ground and detained until Bloomington police arrived.

Roby, a junior projected as an All-American this year, had been scheduled to appear at the Big Ten kickoff media event on Wednesday and Thursday. Other possible sanctions will be determined as his case becomes clearer, the OSU statement said.

Meyer also disciplined two freshmen - sending one home for the season - over legal troubles.

Freshman lineman Tim Gardner was sent home for at least the rest of the year after coaches learned he was arrested over the weekend, charged with obstruction of official business. He allegedly attempted to flee police after first being stopped on a street corner near campus on Saturday night on suspicion of public intoxication.

Marcus Baugh, a freshman tight end from Riverside, Calif., was arrested a couple of weeks ago by Columbus police and charged with underage possession of alcohol and with having a fake identification. Meyer yesterday suspended him from team activities for the rest of the summer, took him off financial aid for the rest of the summer and suspended him from the season-opening game on Aug. 30 against Buffalo.

In a statement, athletic director Gene Smith lauded Meyer for the actions he took.

"Swift, effective and fair discipline is the standard for our entire athletics program," Smith said. "I applaud coach Meyer for his immediate actions."