Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gators' Rainey Back at Practice; Receiver Could Be Reinstated in Time for Georgia Game

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gators' Rainey Back at Practice; Receiver Could Be Reinstated in Time for Georgia Game

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Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO

Chris Rainey, who was dismissed from the Florida football program after being arrested for sending a threatening text message to a woman, is practicing with the team again and might be able to play as soon as the Georgia game.

UF coach Urban Meyer said in a statement that the redshirt junior receiver would have to meet certain conditions in order to be fully reinstated and added that Rainey will not play on Saturday against Mississippi State. UF has a bye week before paying Georgia in Jacksonville on Oct. 30.

"Chris Rainey is working towards being part of our football team again," Meyer said in a statement. "I'm disappointed that he violated a core value of our program, but he continues to pay a price for his actions. Chris will have to meet a set of conditions to become a part of our team again, and although he is practicing, he will not play this weekend. The timetable for his return will depend on his ability to follow the guidelines we have laid out for him."

Meyer lists honesty, respect of women, no stealing, no drugs and no weapons as the program's core values.

Running back Emmanuel Moody said he didn't know Rainey was going to be back with the team this week until he saw Rainey at a team meeting Sunday.

"The first time I saw him, he was just sitting with his arms crossed in the hallway and just looking at me and smiling the whole time," Moody said. "He was like, 'I'm back, man.' I gave him a hug and stuff. It's really good to have Chris back."

The Gators (4-2, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) certainly can use him. Injuries to running backs Jeff Demps (foot) and Mike Gillislee (foot) and receiver Deonte Thompson (concussion) took a bite out of UF's big-play ability. Rainey, who caught six passes for 34 yards and one touchdown and returned three punts for 17 yards in UF's first two games, rushed for 1,237 yards and nine TDs in his first two seasons before being converted to a receiver. He has nine plays of 30 or more yards in his career. …

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