Tuesday, September 8, 2009

RB Smith returning to team

RB Eric Smith has rejoined the team and will be in uniform for Saturday's game against Mississippi State, Auburn coach Gene Chizik said during his weekly Tuesday press conference.

Chizik said Smith returned to practice on Monday. That was the first time the sophomore practiced with the team since his Aug. 21 arrest. Smith did not dress for Auburn's season opener against Louisiana Tech.

When Smith was first arrested, Chizik did not give a timetable on Smith's return. Instead, Chizik handed out an indefinite suspension. Smith's total penalty came to 2 1/2 weeks of practice and one game.

Smith was arrested early in the morning on Aug. 21. He still faces a Class C misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge as well as a Class A misdemeanor assault charge. His court date is set for Nov. 5.

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