Orakpo and Capi were suspended indefinitely by McElwain along with defensive end Colton Paulhus, according to a one-sentence news release issued late Saturday afternoon by the school's sports information office. Neither McElwain nor the players were available for comment, school spokesman Danny Mattie said.
Orakpo and Capi both suffered minor injuries in the March 17 incident in which teammate Ty Sambrailo suffered a stab wound in his shoulder that required 14 staples to close. Fort Collins Police said the fight started when a group of four to eight people were kicked out of a party in southwest Fort Collins that the players were attending.
One person kicked out a taillight on Capi's car as was leaving the party, and the three football players got in the car and followed, leading to a fight a few blocks away. The other people involved in the fight with the football players have not been identified, and no arrests were made. Fort Collins Police spokesperson Rita Davis said today that she was not aware of any new developments in that case.
Orakpo, a linebacker from Houston who will be a junior this fall and the younger brother of Washington Redskins defensive end Brian Orakpo, was Colorado State University's third-leading tackler last season with 87 stops and led the team in solo tackles with 49. He also had one quarterback sack and forced two fumbles.
Capi, a defensive end from Ocoee, Fla., was a first-team all-Mountain West Conference selection last season when he led the conference and was No. 9 nationally in sacks with 10.
Paulhus, a defensive end from Granite Bay, Calif., played primarily on special teams last season and was in on seven tackles, including three solo stops.
All three players participated in the Rams' first spring scrimmage Friday at Hughes Stadium. Orakpo shared the team lead in tackles during the 131-play session with seven, including two quarterback sacks. Capi had six tackles, including four quarterback sacks, and Paulhus was credited with one quarterback sack.
Written by Kelley Lyell of the Fort Collins Coloradoan.