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Gators' Pouncey thinks Rainey will return

9/22/2010

Florida teammate Mike Pouncey thinks junior slot receiver Chris Rainey will return to the team at some point this season.

Rainey was arrested last week and charged with felony aggravated stalking after allegedly sending a woman he had dated a text message that said: "Time to Die (expletive)." The woman has said she didn't want Rainey arrested. The state attorney's office is still reviewing the charges.

All Florida coach Urban Meyer has said about Rainey is that he is "not with the team." Meyer wouldn't say how long Rainey would be sidelined. He missed last week's Tennessee game and isn't expected to play this week against Kentucky.

Part of the decision on when and if Rainey returns will likely be tied to what happens in the legal process and whether or not the charges are reduced or dropped.

It's difficult to imagine Rainey being allowed to return to the team in any capacity with a felony charge hanging over his head.