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Tuesday October 12, 2010Meyer says Rainey is working to rejoin team

Florida football coach Urban Meyer announced Tuesday morning that junior receiver Chris Rainey, who was arrested last month on stalking charges, has returned to practice and is working his way toward rejoining the team.

Meyer said Rainey will not play in Saturday’s game against Mississippi State.

“Chris Rainey is working towards being part of our football team again,’’ Meyer said in a prepared 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.”

Rainey was arrested Sept. 14 on a felony stalking charge that was later reduced to a misdemeanor. The charge will be dismissed if Rainey fulfills his community service agreement and remains out of trouble for six months.

Rainey switched to receiver this season after rushing for 575 yards and five touchdowns last season. In UF’s first two games, Rainey caught six passes for 34 yards and a touchdown.

“I am embarrassed and sorry for my actions and I apologize to everyone that I affected by my behavior,’’ said Rainey is a prepared 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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