Rainey Back with the Gators

Chris Rainey has returned to the Florida football team. He will not play this Saturday against Mississippi State, but the slot receiver is back practicing with the team and earning the right to play.

"Chris Rainey is working towards being part of our football team again," Florida head coach Urban Meyer said. "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."

The suspension kept Rainey off the field for four weeks. He was arrested on September 14 for aggravated stalking. After the arrest took place, the woman said that she never felt fearful that Rainey would hurt her.

Rainey will return to the practice field when the team does on Tuesday afternoon.

"I am embarrassed and sorry for my actions and I apologize to everyone that I affected by my behavior," Rainey said in a statement. "I'm working towards being a part of the Florida football program again, and I realize that representing this University is a privilege. I have spent the last several weeks reflecting on my actions and realized that is not who I want to be."
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