Randle El's suspension will end Dec. 26

Sophomore wide receiver has been suspended since Saturday

The suspension for University of Wisconsin wide receiver Marcus Randle El has been modified, the school's Athletic Board announced Tuesday. Randle El, a 19-year-old sophomore, can return to practices Dec. 26.

Randle El has been tentatively charged with battery for his alleged involvement in a fight that occurred Friday. He was suspended indefinitely from football practice and competition the following day, per UW's student-athlete discipline policy, though the suspension was not publicly disclosed until Tuesday's appeal ruling. Randle El missed practice Monday and Tuesday.

Unless the Appeals Committee receives additional information and re-evaluates his situation, Randle El will be eligible to return to practice Dec. 26, the first day the Badgers will practice in Orlando leading up to the Jan. 2 Capital One Bowl.

This is the second time in the last nine months that Randle El has been suspended from practice following an arrest. In March, following an altercation with his girlfriend, Randle El was suspended for half of spring practices.

In June, Randle El pled guilty to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge stemming from his March arrest and entered the first-offender's program. If Randle El were to successfully complete the program—his contract runs through June 12, 2006—they charge and guilty plea from March would be dropped. However, if the incident proves to violate the terms of the first-offender's program, Randle El will face sentencing on the disorderly conduct charge.

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