Simmons Reinstated

The senior cornerback practiced with the second team defense on Monday.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – UNC cornerback Malik Simmons has been reinstated to the football team, according to head coach Larry Fedora.

Simmons, who emerged from spring practice as a frontrunner for a starting cornerback position, was suspended indefinitely from all team-related activities for violating team rules on July 24.

“I’ve reinstated him to the football team right now,” Fedora told reporters following Monday’s opening practice of training camp. “He was out for I don’t know how many days. I’m waiting to see the thing play out and then I’ll make a decision on what’s going to happen from there.”

The Lehigh Acres, Fla. native is facing a pair of misdemeanor charges stemming from separate incidences. His court date is scheduled for Aug. 6, according to the Orange County clerk of court's office.

Simmons moved to cornerback this spring after playing the ram position under former defensive coordinator Vic Koenning. He’s started 15 games and recorded 81 tackles over the past two seasons.

Simmons worked with the second team at cornerback during the media portion of practice.

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