North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora announced Monday that suspended cornerback Malik Simmons has been reinstated and has reported to practice, which began today.
Simmons was arrested back on July 22 for allegedly resisting arrest and was subsequently suspended by the team on July 24. He was originally released on a $1,000 secured bond. Police reports say that Simmons was under the influence when the incident occurred. Simmons was also arrested in May for possession of marijuana.
Fedora, though, stated that he will let the legal process play out before further punishing Simmons.
“We’re gonna wait and see this thing play out and there will be obviously consequences in the future,” Fedora said (h/t dailytarheel.com). “I’ll make a decision on what is going to happen from there.”
Simmons is now due in court on Thursday after having his appearance scheduled for today pushed back.
The 5’11, 190-pound senior from Lehigh Acres, Florida, started five games—while appearing in 12—for the Tar Heels last year, and is coming off a season that saw him record 34 tackles and two pass deflections.