Christian Scott to sit out 3 games

Updated: August 23, 2011, 7:47 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

AUSTIN, Texas -- Suspended Texas senior safety Christian Scott has been reinstated to the team after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor assault charge.

Coach Mack Brown says Scott will still have to sit out the first three games, but will be allowed to practice with the scout team. Scott had been suspended from all team activities since his Aug. 8 arrest.

"We're disappointed any time one of our players makes a poor decision, and Christian understands he made a mistake," Brown said in a statement released by the school. "He has taken responsibility, is accepting the consequences of his actions and has returned to the team. He will be working with the scout team until he is eligible to play."

Scott entered his plea Monday and received two year's deferred adjudication and must serve 40 hours of community service. He also must attend a stress management class and pay restitution to the victim.

Police said Scott assaulted a woman trying to repossess his car. He had faced a Class A misdemeanor that carried up to a year in jail and fines up to $4,000.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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