Linebacker Sergio Kindle and DE Henry Melton have returned to practice, Texas coach Mack Brown announced Thursday. Their delayed participation was part of Brown's disciplinary response to the players' DWI arrests earlier this summer.
The two actually returned to team functions Wednesday, the third day of August camp for the Longhorns. Both were required to attend alcohol awareness counseling as well as meet with a representative from MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). Melton and Kindle, who were charged on separated occasions earlier this summer, will not be allowed the play in Texas' first three ballgames (Arkansas State, TCU, Central Florida). There will be additional in-house disciplinary action, Brown said previously, and both will be required to contribute an unspecified number of community service hours.
NCAA rules require that late-arriving student-athletes go through the same progression of followed by teammates by, first, practicing in shorts (two days) and then shoulder pads (two days). Texas dons pads for the first time Friday.
"They were back (Wednesday) in shorts and they were in shorts tonight," Brown said late Thursday. "They'll be in shoulder pads (Friday) and they'll have to be in shoulder pads Saturday. They can be in full gear with us on Sunday."
The three-game suspension was the stiffest penalty Brown has levied for a DWI offense in his 23 years of coaching. It was intended to reinforce a 'zero tolerance policy' that was already in place, Brown said, during the off-season.
Kindle, Melton return to practice
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