This is Susan Miller Degnan, reporting after the end of today's practice (Wednesday).
Wide receivers Sam Shields and Ryan Hill were, indeed, on scout team today (as well as yesterday), coach Randy Shannon just confirmed to us. But he again said they are not suspended.
Shannon insisted that everybody plays scout team because they need more bodies, and he declined to specify if they had not been practicing up to his standards. He listed some other guys who also have played scout team, including running back Shawnbrey McNeal and linebackers Kylan Robinson and Eric Houston. But those guys are definitely not first-teamers. Personally, I am inclined to think that either Shields and Hill haven't been practicing well, or are in his doghouse for some reason.
Shannon also refused to say whether Shields would start Saturday, and when asked if Shields and Hill would play against Duke, he basically said it depends on how they practice.
Later. Thanks for letting me get on King Manny's blog! I might pop on this blog from time to time for some comments. Later, I can transcribe for you what Randy told us about Shields and Hill.
P.S. PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU ALL THINK. DO YOU BELIEVE THAT SHIELDS AND HILL HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY DEMOTED? OR DO YOU THINK THEY'RE JUST PLAYING SCOUT TEAM FOR NO PARTICULAR REASON? HA! SERIOUSLY, LET ME KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS.