Shawn Oakman, Orion Stewart to miss Baylor's opener for violating team rules

All-American defensive end Shawn Oakman and safety Orion Stewart have been suspended for Baylor's season opener Friday night against SMU for a violation of team rules, a school spokesman told ESPN.com.

The suspensions were first reported by Bleacher Report.

A school spokesman said Oakman and Stewart would both be back for the fourth-ranked Bears' home opener Sept. 12 against Lamar. The school gave no other details.

Both were All-Big 12 selections last season, and Oakman was voted the Big 12 Preseason Defensive Player of the Year after finishing with 19½ tackles for a loss and 11 sacks. Stewart, also a returning starter, had 82 tackles and four interceptions in 2014.

Already in the days leading up to the Bears' most anticipated season, the school also hired a Philadelphia law firm this week to do an independent investigation into the university's handling of sexual assault complaints, including one that led to the Aug. 20 conviction against former transfer Sam Ukwuachu.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.