Posted by Tom Fornelli
Florida wide receiver Chris Rainey hasn't been with the team since his arrest following a threatening text to a woman he used to date. Rainey has since reached a settlement in the case, but had not returned to practice.
That has changed.
Rainey is back practicing with the Gators though he is yet to be fully reinstated to the team. According to Urban Meyer, Rainey will have to meet certain conditions -- which the coach wouldn't state -- before he's allowed to play again for the Gators. He will not be allowed to play for the team's game against Mississippi State this weekend.
“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.”
No word on whether Meyer informed Rainey through a text message saying "time to practice."
Rainey also released a statement on Tuesday morning, the first time he's spoken publicly since his arrest.
“I am embarrassed and sorry for my actions and I apologize to everyone that I affected by my behavior,” said Rainey. “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.”
The Mississippi State game will be the fifth game Rainey misses thanks to his arrest, and while we can't know for sure when he'll be back, considering that Florida has a bye next week before facing Georgia on October 30, I'd bet that's the game Rainey makes his return.