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Meyer rolling the dice with Rainey

10/12/2010

Suspended Florida receiver Chris Rainey was back at practice Tuesday, and coach Urban Meyer said Rainey will have a chance to rejoin the team if he meets certain conditions.

Meyer said Rainey would not play this Saturday against Mississippi State, but there's a chance Rainey could be back for the Georgia game on Oct. 30.

Clearly, the Gators can use all the offensive help they can get right now. But bringing Rainey back after he was initially charged with felony aggravated stalking is a dicey proposition and a move that would open Meyer up to all sorts of scrutiny.

He's drawn a line in the sand in the past when it comes to any hint of violence toward women. Rainey sent a text message to a woman he had dated that read, "Time to die [expletive]." The woman was adamant that she didn't want the charges pursued against Rainey, and he agreed to a plea deal two weeks ago on a misdemeanor charge that will be dismissed if he avoids further trouble.

Rainey, who was arrested on Sept. 14 and hasn't played since the South Florida game, apologized for his actions in a statement released by the university.

Again, the Gators need playmakers on offense. In particular, they need somebody to give them some explosive plays down the field. And when you're 11th in total offense in the SEC and mired in a two-game losing streak for the first time since 2007, maybe it's time to take a chance.

That's what this reeks of with Rainey.