Missouri State QB’s suspension to last for rest of season

Breck Ruddick - (Photo: MSU ATHLETICS COMMUNICATION)

Breck Ruddick - (Photo: MSU ATHLETICS COMMUNICATION)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) –┬áSuspended Missouri State quarterback Breck Ruddick is out for the rest of the year but won’t be kicked off the team for an animal cruelty citation.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that Bears coach Dave Steckel announced Monday that the Marion, Arkansas, sophomore must apologize and meet other conditions before playing next year.

Ruddick was suspended Sept. 23 before Missouri State fell 35-0 to Kansas State in a game that was called at halftime because of dangerous weather.

The following Monday, Ruddick was issued the animal cruelty ticket and another accusing him of allowing a dog he was caring for to run at large. The incident report said the dog needed surgery for a broken jaw.

Ruddick’s attorney said in a statement that the quarterback was cooperating with authorities.