Jalen Mills was reinstated Monday in time to take the practice field for the afternoon session of LSU’s opening day of camp.
Les Miles officially announced that Mills had rejoined the squad during his post-practice press conference. Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore announced early Monday morning that Mills’ charges would be reduced to misdemeanor simple battery.
Mills was suspended for the entirety of summer workouts, not permitted to participate in any activities with the team. Miles said though his suspension has been lifted, his punishment has not come to an end.
“His discipline will be in-house, but he’s back with the team,” Miles said. “There’s a point in time you have to let what’s going on go on…All I can tell you is we’ll handle it internally and work him right here.”
Mills’ reinstatement followed a similar script to Jeremy Hill’s a year ago. Hill had his charges reduced to simple battery on the opening day of camp and he returned to the field for that afternoon session as well. The only difference between the two is that Mills’ reinstatement didn’t require a team vote.
The next question will be whether Mills faces a suspension, as Hill did to start the 2013 season. Miles was mum on that topic.
“It’s all going to be internal anyway,” he said.
Mills still has a legal mountain to climb. He doesn’t yet have a date set for trial, but having his charges reduced to simple battery was enough for Miles to allow him back on the team.
“With the misdemeanor being what it is, we’re moving forward,” he said.
Mills exited the spring in line to be the Tigers’ starting free safety. He worked with the first-team unit Monday during the portion of practice open to the media. Miles admitted though he’ll have to work on his conditioning as he was barred from any team workouts during the summer.
“He was not allowed to take part in meetings, outings, presentations that we gave to the team,” Miles said. “He’s missed the entire summer…He’s going to get some extra conditioning.”
Jalen Mills reinstated
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