Robinson Coach Mark Bendorf suspended 14 players from the varsity football team on Tuesday for two games for violating unspecified team rules.
"We have very strict participation rules on this team, and a rule was broken," Bendorf said last night. "The players are responsible for that, and they understand that. . . . It affects our marquee players."
The players -- all seniors and mostly starters -- were suspended for Tuesday night's 61-30 victory over T.C. Williams, Bendorf said.
"I'd rather not get into the details," he added. "It's an internal matter."
The suspended players were permitted to attend the game and watched from the sideline wearing their jerseys and street clothes. The players were not suspended from school, Bendorf said.
"This was a football issue only," Bendorf said.
He declined to say what rule was broken. The suspended players also will not play in the Rams' next game, which is against West Potomac. Whether that game will even happen this weekend was in doubt last night.
Robinson boasts one of the area's premier football programs. The Rams (6-0) are ranked No. 1 in The Post's top 20, have lost only one game the last two seasons, and last year claimed the Virginia AAA Division 6 state championship -- their second state title in five years under Bendorf.
Robinson's game against T.C. Williams was originally scheduled for last Friday, however, like all other outdoor activities in Fairfax County, it was postponed and moved to an alternate site because of security concerns stemming from the recent sniper shootings in the metro area. The game's location has not been made public.
The Rams rolled to an easy victory against the Titans (2-4) without the suspended players. But West Potomac presents a more challenging task. The Wolverines (4-2) handed Robinson its only loss last season, when they surprised the Rams, 14-12, on their homecoming.