Texas A&M starting middle linebacker Darian Claiborne missed the New Year’s Eve Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta after he was arrested on charges of drug possession in College Station on Dec. 22, but the big question now is: Will he miss the Aggies’ season opener on Aug. 28 at South Carolina?

Just prior to the start of last season, A&M announced two-game suspensions for linebacker Steven Jenkins, defensive back De’Vante Harris, defensive lineman Gavin Stansbury and receiver Edward Pope for “violating … (athletic) department rules and regulations.”

The Aggies survived without Claiborne, who’d emerged as perhaps their best defender late in the season, to the tune of 52-48 against Duke in the bowl game. Whether he’s been suspended for one or two games, however, is apparently to be determined.

“Darian Claiborne’s situation is still under review, and remember each situation is judged on its own merits,” A&M spokesman Alan Cannon wrote via text message today.

According to the Brazos County justice website, the county filed a case on Friday claiming Claiborne possessed less than two ounces of marijuana, a misdemeanor offense.