Morrison returns to the team

Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison rejoined the team on Thursday after missing the first week of camp as part of his punishment for two arrests in the offseason. Linebacker Michael Taylor said Morrison was in meetings and is expected to return to practice on Thursday night.

Antonio Morrison is still suspended for the first two games of the season against Toledo and Miami. Taylor, who is one of the candidates to replace him at middle linebacker early in the year, was happy to see his teammate back in the team facility.

"He'll be out there (at practice) today," Michael Taylor said. "He came back today. He was in the meeting room with us today. It was good to see him. Good to talk to him. That's a good, close friend of mine. Good to have him back."

Florida head coach Will Muschamp said last week that being out of camp was "killing" Morrison and was part of his punishment.

Morrison was arrested on June 16 for punching a bouncer at a Gainesville bar. He was arrested again on July 21 for barking at a police dog and interfering with the police.

The 6-1, 240-pound linebacker was expected to take over the middle linebacker position and will when he returns from his suspension. Last year, Morrison played in 13 games with three starts as a freshman. He made 34 tackles, adding one sack, one forced fumble and one quarterback hurry. He was named to the SEC Coaches All-Freshman team.

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