Notre Dame announced Saturday it suspended running back George Atkinson and cornerback Jalen Brown hours before the Pinstripe Bowl against Rutgers.
The school cited a violation of team rules for the suspensions.
However, Atkinson explained on Twitter why he believed he was suspended.
"For those of you who are wondering I was suspended from today's game for texting friends and family during team meal, as I did all season," he wrote.
Atkinson is second on the team with 555 rushing yards and has three rushing touchdowns this season. He also caught seven passes for 55 yards.
Brown, a junior, only played two games this season.